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Lampard suffers fresh injury setback

Frank Lampard has suffered a new injury setback in what has been a frustrating season thus far. The Chelsea midfielder picked up an adductor muscle strain which will rule him out for the next three weeks.

The 32-year-old has been on the sidelines since late August after undergoing surgery for a hernia problem. Although he made a swift recovery, Lampard then suffered a hamstring injury in September during training.

The England international looked set to make his long awaited comeback against Sunderland tomorrow after returning to first-team training earlier this week.

However, he pulled up in training on Thursday and Chelsea’s medical staff later confirmed that it was an adductor problem.

The news came as a blow to Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti with midfielder Michael Essien suspended for the home game against Sunderland as well as the away trips to Birmingham and Newcastle.

‘We are disappointed because he was so close to coming back, and it would have been a fantastic moment for him to replace [Michael] Essien, a chance to put a player with experience and personality on the pitch,’ Ancelotti told reporters.

‘But now we have to wait again. It's a different problem and, obviously, he's not happy because he'd like to play. He's not used to being injured and hasn't had many in the past. But now he has to rest for a few days, and then start training again next week.’

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