Cole was not included in the squad for the FA Cup Fourth Round victory over Accrington.

New signing Ashley Cole is set to return to English football today, potentially making his debut for Derby County.

The left-back is linking up with ex-Chelsea and England teammate Frank Lampard.

Ashley Cole is included in the squad and could make his first appearance in the Championship since the year 2000.

Manager Lampard said on Thursday, “The last thing we want to do is throw him in too early but, if needs be, he might play some part.”

Lampard’s Derby County are away to mid-table Preston today.

Cole, 38, last played for Chelsea in 2014.

The Londoner has played for Roma and LA Galaxy in his absence from the English game.

Pete and Ben from Derby County FAN TV think the bond between Cole and their manager will help the whole squad.

“Think of just how many goals we have conceded through crosses, where we just can’t get the tackle or the block in.

“Surely Ashley can help close this weakness down, if not directly, just by influence.”

Derby currently sit in sixth but mid-table sides below them, including Nottingham Forest, are vying for a play-off place.

Leicester stalwart Andy King could also make his debut for Derby this weekend after signing on loan during transfer deadline day.

Lampard, 40, said, “[Andy] is a talented and experienced midfielder who has competed in the Premier League and top end of the Championship with great success.”

Ashley Cole said when signing for the club last week, “To win this league, you will have earned it and deserved to get in the Premier League.”

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