Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed on Friday he will not bring in a new striker when the transfer window opens in January.
Mourinho has just three experienced front men to call upon in Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o as Belgium international Romelu Lukaku was allowed to go out on loan to top-flight rivals Everton in August.
Torres has only just regained fitness after a spell on the sidelines however and Eto'o will miss Sunday's Premier League home game with Southampton because of an injury suffered during Tuesday's Champions League defeat in Basel.
Ba, for his part, rarely starts so Chelsea appear to be at a disadvantage compared with title rivals Manchester City and Manchester United, who have greater strength in depth up front.
It was suggested Mourinho had been busy lining up deals for some extra firepower, with AC Milan's Mario Balotelli and Jackson Martinez of Porto two names linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
However, Mourinho insisted Friday: "In the January market we're not going to buy any striker, so we will go through to the end of the season with Fernando, Samuel and Demba. Nobody goes in. Nobody goes out."
Mourinho expects Cameroon international Eto'o to be absent for around two weeks.
Cole, who has been struggling with a hip problem, could return for the Southampton game, or the two Premier League fixtures that follow in quick succession.
"Now it's time for the squad," Mourinho said. "We now play Southampton, Sunderland and Stoke - SSS - so the SSS week everybody will have a chance, and Ash will play for sure and will have the chance to show that he's fine.
"His attitude is phenomenal, as always -- the same today as when he trained with me the first time," added Mourinho, now in his second spell in charge of Chelsea.