Frank Lampard Ruled Out Of Key Chelsea And England Games

Chris Wright

27th, September 2010


By Chris Wright

A minor setback in his bid to recover from hernia surgery will see Frank Lampard ruled out until after England’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro on October 12th.

Lampard hasn’t featured for Chelsea in over a month, and is now also set to miss out on their key European and domestic games with Marseille and Arsenal respectively.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti arched his majestic brow and delivered the news accordingly;

“He can’t play on Tuesday [against Marseille]. We need to have more time than we expected for his rest. In a few days there will be an international break and he will be ready for the first game after the break. He didn’t play with us so I don’t think he is able to play for the national team.”

If everything goes smoothly, Lampard should now return to the first-team fold in time for Chelsea’s Premier League tie with Aston Villa on October 16th.

The question is, with Ancelotti’s side continuing their flying start without him both domestically (this weekend’s defeat at Man City aside) and in the Champions League, and with England looking a vastly superior side without him cluttering the midfield – does anybody really care anymore?

His prolonged absence certainly doesn’t pack the major punch that it would of a few seasons ago – an indictment of Lampard’s waning influence perhaps?

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  2. Ping Yang says:

    English fans and England may not care but Chelsea fans do. It was made apparent when we lost to City. We lacked that cutting edge and didn’t have anything going forward. Mikel, Essien and Ramires are alright together (against teams like Blackpool) but I don’t think they cut it against good teams. Essien is amazing but his attacking against City was horrendous. Ramires is supposedly a good attacking player, (haven’t seen any indication to suggest he can attack) and Mikel is a DM. So we really need Lampard. City out muscled us in midfield and this was a reality check. We can’t have the ball just rotating around in midfield against Arsenal. We lacked surging runs from midfield and no got to loose balls and crosses (WE NEED LAMPARD!!!)

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