West Ham United striker Carlton Cole has had his red card against Everton rescinded.

The forward was sent off for a high challenge on Leighton Baines at the weekend. But the FA has overturned the decision and Cole will now be available for the weekend trip to Reading.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce told the club website: "I am delighted that we have probably got a bit of justice as it deserved to be turned around.

"There was never any doubt in my mind. While you can say the foot was high, it was a genuine attempt and Carlton kept his eye on the ball. It's a really good outcome for us.

"The way he is playing at the moment, he would have been a massive loss for us. He's been outstanding up front for us since Andy Carroll got injured and we didn't want to miss a player of so much importance for these three very important games - Reading away, Norwich City at home and a big FA Cup third-round tie with Manchester United."