Frank Lampard injury setback for England ahead of Euro 2012 



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 



Frank Lampard (pictured above) is a key member and regular in England's starting eleven as well as occasionally captains the Three Lions



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 with 21-year old Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson on standby as cover while Lampard is being monitored. England host Belgium in their final warm up game before the tournament in Poland & Ukraine on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.

Manager Roy Hodgson is already without Manchester City's Gareth Barry in the central midfield area after he was ruled out of the tournament after suffering a groin injury in the 1-0 win over Norway leaving Scott Parker and captain Steven Gerrard as the only fully-fit established members of the squad in that position.

Lampard, who currently has 90 caps and 23 goals for his country, joined up with the England squad on Tuesday after being given an extended break due to his participation in Chelsea's Champions League final win over Bayern Munich on 19th 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. 

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."

With less expectation and hype surrounding England's chances in the summer than at major tournaments in recent years, Lampard is optimistic the national side can emulate Chelsea's "against the odds" triumph in the Champions League.

"At Chelsea we achieved something potentially against the odds - maybe England will be the same," he said. "I think we have got the quality, we have to believe we can go all the way."

England play France on 11th June in their first match in Group D in Donetsk before facing Sweden on 15th June in Kiev and tournament co-hosts Ukraine four days later in Donetsk.

"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."  


Click here to watch the media press conference with Frank Lampard

Click here to watch Frank Lampard's disallowed goal at the 2010 World Cup


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