Premier League

Chelsea play down Lampard fears

January 20, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Chelsea have confirmed that midfielder Frank Lampard limped out of training on Wednesday with a calf injury, but insist it is a minor problem that will not see him suffer another extended spell on the sidelines.

Frank Lampard, Chelsea
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Lampard has had a scan on the problem, with manager Carlo Ancelotti fearing another lay-off for a player who had previously had few injuries throughout his career.

But the club have now issued a statement on their official website, suggesting that he could be in the team to face Bolton Wanderers on Monday night.

It read: ''Frank Lampard is suffering from a minor calf problem which will be monitored over the next few days.

''The midfielder, who has played every minute of our last six matches since Christmas, is expected to be available for Bolton on Monday night.''

The 32-year-old spent three-and-a-half months on the sidelines earlier this season with groin and hamstring problems after being injured in the 2-0 win over Stoke City in August. He has made a total of nine starts all season.

The Blues have won just two of their last ten Premier League matches, leaving their hopes of defending their crown in tatters.

Losing a player who scored 22 Premier League goals last season would have been a huge blow to Ancelotti's hopes of salvaging something from the season.