Euro 2012: Frank Lampard ruled out for England with thigh injury
Frank Lampard is ruled out of the European championship with a thigh injury, Jordan Henderson called up as his replacement
Frank Lampard has been ruled out of England’s Euro 2012 campaign after suffering a thigh injury in training on Wednesday.
The Football Association confirmed the news in a statement on Thursday afternoon after the 33-year-old Chelsea midfielder underwent a scan to assess the extent of the injury.
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has been called up as Lampard’s replacement, subject to “agreement from Uefa’s medical team”.
England medical staff could not guarantee that Lampard would be fit for any of England’s group games, with their opener against France less than 11 days away.
The news is another serious setback for manager Roy Hodgson, who had already lost Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry to injury earlier in the week.
Lampard had only joined up with his international team-mates two days ago after being given additional time off following Chelsea’s Champions League final triumph in Munich on 19 May.
“It’s a huge blow for the team, especially coming after the loss of another senior player in Gareth Barry,” said Hodsgon.
“The fact that the doctor cannot guarantee Frank could take part in any of the group matches means we have to replace him in the central midfield area.
“Apart from it being a huge blow to me and the team, I’m especially disappointed for Frank himself.
“He has been in very good form and was looking forward to the tournament. He made a huge contribution towards us qualifying for the Euros so it is cruel to be forced out through injury just before the tournament.”
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