Cole ready for Champions League

Western Sydney utility Shannon Cole is back to full fitness after two months out due to injury and will be available for selection for the Wanderers’ next two AFC Champions League fixtures.

Cole broke his collarbone in the 3-1 win over Kashima Antlers on February 25.

The Wanderers have two Group H matches left, against the Antlers at Pirtek Stadium on April 21 and in China against Guangzhou Evergrande on May 5.

The A-League side can still qualify for the next round as they sit on five points, the same amount as FC Seoul with Evergrande on top with nine points.

“I’m back now, feeling good and working hard,” Cole told FourFourTwo.

“With only two games to go in the A-League and we can’t make the finals, the Asian Champions League is want I want to be involved with.

“My recovery comes down to the professionalism of our medical staff. They never rest, always making sure we are looked after every minute of the day.”

Cole said the Wanderers are looking forward to two important, “pressure” ACL games in the next two-and-a-half weeks.

“The way the Champions League is set up is great for us as players,” the 30-year old said.

“Throughout your career you want pressure games that matter and you want to play them against big opponents. That is when you can show your quality and your character, and that’s the opportunity we have before us.”