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Lampard set to return to Chelsea squad

London, Oct 6: Chelsea are hoping midfielder Frank Lampard will return after a one-month injury absence for tomorrow's Premier League game at Bolton Wanderers.

''Frank trained very hard in the last two weeks and today he made the training session,'' manager Avram Grant told the club's Web site (www.chelseafc.com) yesterday.

''We will see after training tomorrow but he looks good. Of course Frank is an important player for us.'' Lampard, who was named in England's squad for this month's Euro 2008 qualifiers against Estonia and Russia earlier on Friday, has been sidelined since tearing a muscle in his left thigh during a training session in late August.

The Reebok Stadium has happy memories for Lampard after he clinched Chelsea's first championship triumph for 50 years with both goals in the 2-0 win at Bolton in April 2005.

Grant also said captain John Terry had suffered no ill-effects from playing in the 2-1 Champions League victory at Valencia on Wednesday with a fractured cheekbone protected by a mask.

''We don't know how long he will wear the mask but he feels good with it, better than we thought,'' said Grant.

''Everyone saw he played well, headed the ball any time, especially in the last 15 minutes when Valencia played a lot of long balls. I didn't see any problem.'' Chelsea will be without suspended trio Didier Drogba, John Obi Mikel and Wayne Bridge.


Story first published: Saturday, October 6, 2007, 18:06 [IST]
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