England midfielder Frank Lampard faces a scan to determine if he will be fit to feature at Euro 2012 after the Chelsea star suffered a thigh injury during training.
Lampard’s injury is serious enough for England manager Roy Hodgson to have put Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson on stand-by in case the 33-year-old is unable to recover in time.
Lampard, who had only just joined up with the England squad after an extended break following Chelsea’s Champions League final victory, will be assessed by England’s medical team on Thursday before any decision is taken about his participation.
“Frank Lampard has today pulled up in training with a thigh injury,” a statement on the FA’s website confirmed.
“He will be assessed by the medical team and scanned tomorrow. Jordan Henderson has been put on standby notice as cover whilst Lampard continues to be monitored.”
Hodgson has already gambled on the fitness of Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, who has not played since April 30 when he sustained an ankle injury in the derby defeat at Manchester City.
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has also been struggling with an infected toe.
Although Lampard was not certain to beat Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker for the central midfield berths in Hodgson’s starting line-up against France, it would still be a major blow as the Chelsea star has been in superb form.
He played key roles in the Champions League and FA Cup triumphs over the final weeks of the season.
Buford Balony says: England have no chance, just look at their squad, 1 decent striker, 2 back up goalies that don’t play in the Premier league and a bunch of old prima donnas led by the king prima donna John Terry.