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Blues receive Lampard lift

27 Nov 2009 - 15:12:18

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has declared Frank Lampard fully fit and ready to face Arsenal in Sunday's Premier League showdown.

The England midfielder was expected to be missing for a number of weeks after picking up a thigh injury while away on international duty earlier in the month.

But Lampard is ready to face the Gunners in a potentially pivotal match which could see Chelsea move 11 points clear of third-placed Arsenal at the top of the table with a win at the Emirates Stadium.

"Frank is fit, yes," confirmed Ancelotti. "He trained for the last two days and did very well. He's in good condition.

"He's ready to play. I think that our physio and our doctor worked very well with him.

"He is a fantastic professional player. He stayed to improve his condition for a long time in Cobham."

Meanwhile, Ancelotti has played down the importance of Sunday's game.

"It will be a very good test for us," he continued. "We want to put the best on the pitch against Arsenal. I think it will be a fantastic match because both teams want to play football. All the fans will have a fantastic opportunity to see a good game.

"This is not a decisive match for Chelsea or for Arsenal. It's an important match. Arsenal will want to win the game, and Chelsea also, but it's not decisive for the title.

"It would be 11 points if we won, but Arsenal would have a game in hand. It's not so important for the title."

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