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Lampard suffers training injury

May 31, 2012

LONDON: England’s Frank Lampard will undergo a thigh scan on Thursday after pulling up in training ahead of Saturday’s pre-Euro 2012 friendly against Belgium.

The 33-year-old Chelsea midfielder will be assessed by England’s medical team.

Manager Roy Hodgson is able to make injury-enforced changes before England’s first game of the tournament against France on 11 June.

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, 21, has been put on standby as cover while Lampard is monitored.

Manager Roy Hodgson is already without Gareth Barry, who was ruled out of the tournament after suffering a groin injury in the 1-0 win over Norway.

Lampard, who has 90 caps, joined up with the England squad on Tuesday after playing in Chelsea’s Champions League final win over Bayern Munich on 19 May.

Along with team-mates John Terry, Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill, he was given time off to recover from the drama of the penalty shoot-out victory.

Lampard would be a big loss to England, if the injury rules him out of the tournament.

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson is in his infancy as an England international so Hodgson will be desperate for an optimistic medical bulletin on Lampard’s thigh injury.

Before his injury setback, Lampard had spoken to the media about his Euro 2012 preparations.

“We’ve all had a bit of time to be with our families,” he said.

“It has given us a nice period of rest for not only our bodies but our minds.”

England play France on 11 June in their first match in Group D, before facing Sweden (15 June) and tournament co-hosts Ukraine (19 June).

“I think it’s a tough group,” Lampard added. “When people first saw it they were probably pretty happy but, when it sinks in, there are a lot of steps to overcome to get through the group. I believe we have the ability to get through it, though.”

England forward Theo Walcott expressed his hope the midfielder will be fit for the tournament and added: “When you have a player who has just won the Champions League it will be a boost to the players and give an extra incentive, but it’s early days (with the injury) yet.”



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