Already bruised by Fabio Capello's decision to hand the captaincy back to John Terry after asking him to skipper England in Denmark last month, Lampard is now in danger of suffering another crushing setback.
Capello is considering a plan that would leave the 32-year-old Chelsea midfielder on the bench in Cardiff, with Jack Wilshere in a more advanced role and either Scott Parker or Gareth Barry alongside the Arsenal teenager to perform the defensive duties.
One in, one out? Wilshere (left) may start in Wales at the expense of Lampard
When Capello asked Wilshere to play more defensively alongside Lampard in Copenhagen, it was not terribly successful.
But Capello sees Wilshere as the future and agrees with Arsene Wenger that he is more of a box-to-box player than a holding midfielder.
Capello is his own man but Parker, having been so impressive for West Ham, hassupport on the coaching staff.
Impressive form: Parker (right) could start alongside Barry
Lampard has been struggling with a minor injury this week, along with Phil Jagielka and Aaron Lennon, but all the squad are expected to train today.
Capello was quick to remind the squad who is boss. He allowed the players a game of golf on Tuesday but ordered them to spend Wednesday afternoon resting in their hotel rooms, despite the fine weather outside.
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