Cole gutted to miss out on first return to Bristol
The midfielder is a lifelong Robins fan and progressed through the club’s Academy to make 279 first-team appearances before ending an 18 year stay at City to join Blues in 2013.
A partially ruptured ligament in his toe sustained in last week’s defeat at QPR will see him sidelined for four to six weeks though and he told the Club website: “There is never a good time to get injured but I’m gutted that it’s happened this week.
“I was obviously looking forward to going back to my old club. It’s a massive game anyway but from a personal point of view, it would have had something extra because it would have been my first time back there.
“It was a real random injury. I stood on the back of someone’s foot and overstretched the toe.
“I must admit the first couple of days this week I was really down but it’s football and you get your highs and lows.
“I’ve had people texting me from inside and outside the club saying they were looking forward to me going back there. My family were looking forward to it as well. I’m still going down there to watch but it’s never the same if you are not playing.”
Town’s visit to Ashton Gate will be Lee Johnson’s first game in charge of City and Skusey has sent his former Robins team-mate a good luck message.
“Johnno has served his apprentice at Oldham and Barnsley and it’s a great job for him,” added Cole. “I sent him a text wishing him the best of luck - after Saturday!”
Subscribers to Ipswich Player HD can watch the full interview with Cole now and find out why the midfielder risks five months out if he rushes his comeback.