• Premier League

Di Matteo confirms Lampard injury blow

ESPN staff
October 26, 2012
Frank Lampard will be sidelined for Chelsea's crunch clash against Manchester United on Sunday © PA Photos

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been ruled out for "a couple of weeks" with a calf injury.

Lampard lasted just 15 minutes of Chelsea's loss to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday after suffering a recurrence of the calf complaint that forced him to sit out England's World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Poland.

He will miss the Premier League and Capital One Cup clashes with Manchester United as well as the trip to Swansea and return fixture with Shakhtar.

"He is going to be out for a few weeks. He's got a calf problem, so we will miss him and it's a big loss for us," Di Matteo said at a press conference on Friday.

Lampard could also miss England's friendly with Sweden in Stockholm on November 14 which may tempt Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson to recall Jack Wilshere, who is making his long-awaited comeback from the sidelines.

The injury comes at a frustrating time for the former West Ham man, who has found it tough to keep his starting place of late, under Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo.

Di Matteo revealed that he had no other injury worries ahead of a crunch clash against United on Sunday, and that Marko Marin had recovered from a groin injury.

"Apart from him everybody else is fit," Di Matteo said. "Marko Marin might be in the squad for Sunday."

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