Ray Wilkins Blames Ashley Cole Injury On Rafa Benitez’s Rotation Policy: The Daily EPL

Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins says that Rafa Benitez is to blame for Ashley Cole’s injury, which will keep the left back out of action for two weeks.

Here’s what Wilkins said to talkSport during his interview with the radio station:

“[Ashley Cole] never played on Saturday at Southampton on Saturday, he plays 15 minutes against United and Danny Welbeck takes him on a run and he pulls his hamstring.

“I honestly feel he has to play all the time, Ashley. He is one of these machines. You have to keep it well oiled and it will fly. Had he played on Saturday, he wouldn’t have done that [on Monday].”

Wilkins added that “I am sick of the word ‘tired’ in football. We used to play Easter Friday, Saturday and Monday. These players are super-fit and I don’t think you can take liberties in the Premier League. Southampton have beaten Manchester City, they have beaten Liverpool, and they took Manchester United the distance.”

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