14 Nov 2009

Chelsea lose Lampard to injury

7:04 am on 14 November 2009

The Chelsea football club will have to do without Frank Lampard for their English Premier League summit meeting with Arsenal on November the 29th after the England midfielder was ruled out of action for three weeks.

Lampard suffered a thigh injury while training with the England squad in Qatar and flew back to London amid fears he could be sidelined for up to two months.

But after he was assessed by Chelsea's medical staff, a club spokesman predicted that the muscle tear he suffered will need only three weeks to heal.

The FA has dismissed reports that Lampard's injury was caused by allegedly cramped conditions on the charter plane England used to fly to Doha for this weekend's friendly with Brazil.

The same plane has been used by the squad for much longer trips, notably to Trinidad and to Kazakhstan.