Speaking to West Ham TV Cole revealed his is now fully fit and raring to go. “I'm fit now, I think. It's just up to the manager to make a decision. I've obviously had to do a fast-track training programme to get up to match speed. I'm nearly there now and it's up to the manager to put me in when he wants. I'm a fit lad anyway, so I adapted quite quickly. I'm raring to go now. I want to get my head down, progress and get even fitter.
"Sam knows his own mind and he thinks I need a little bit more. I've never really had a hamstring injury or a pull before and I don't want to start now. You've got to manage your body. The medical team obviously know me very well, having been here for almost eight years. So they know exactly how to manage me."
Cole also paid tribute to the fans after they welcomed him to the pitch. “"I was buzzing when I came on. The fans showed me a lot of love, which I always appreciate. I just want to reward them and try my best for them to get us higher up the league as much as possible.