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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Lampard Down With Injury!

Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard could miss showdown with former club Chelsea after suffering hip injury in friendly.

Frank Lampard is facing an anxious wait on a suspected hip injury after lasting just 20 minutes of Manchester City's mid-season friendly against Hamburg in Abu Dhabi.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game, which City won 2-0, that the former Chelseamidfielder was 'injured during the warm-up' but started the fixture before being withdrawn as a precaution.

The full extent of Lampard's injury may become clearer on Thursday, but the 36-year-old is now likely to miss Saturday' s FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Middlesbrough and Lampard could also be facing a race against time to face his former club at Stamford Bridge in a crucial league fixture on Jan 31.

With Yaya Toure away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast, any lay-off for Lampard would prove a blow to City's hopes of catching Chelsea in the title race.