Mac confident on injuries
04 Sep 2007 - 19:56:40
England coach Steve McClaren hopes that Frank Lampard will be able to feature in next week's Euro 2008 qualifier against Russia after revealing that the Chelsea midfielder's thigh injury was not as serious as was first thought.
Lampard, who suffered the injury in training last Friday, is rated as 50-50 to play against Russia, although he will definitely not be in McClaren's plans for Saturday's Wembley encounter with Israel.
The former Middlesbrough boss told a press conference: "Frank came and joined us last night, we looked at the scans and have liaised with Chelsea.
"He's gone back there for rehab - the injury is not as serious as we first thought, although hopefully we'll assess him on Saturday.
"He may be 50-50 for next week - and Chelsea are giving him every chance of being available for us."
McClaren is confident Steven Gerrard, who broke a toe in last month's Champions League clash between Liverpool and Toulouse, will play against Israel, even though the midfielder missed training on Tuesday.
He added: "All being well Stevie G will be available on Saturday. I want him to play, the team do, the fans do and so does the whole country.
"We need big players and Stevie G is one for us. We're assessing it day by day. He's getting better and hopefully by the end of the week we'll have a better idea."