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Lampard pulls up in England training

ESPN staff
May 30, 2012 « ICC consider Duckworth-Lewis replacement | Chartbeat test »

Frank Lampard pulled up injured in England training on Wednesday, casting doubt on his participation at this summer's European Championship.

Lampard was forced out of training after suffering a thigh injury, a problem that England's doctors will assess on Thursday before making a decision on whether or not he will be fit enough to participate in the forthcoming international tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has already been notified of the injury, perhaps indicating that Hodgson and his staff fear Lampard's injury is a serious one.

"Frank Lampard has today [Wednesday] pulled up in training with a thigh injury," the FA confirmed. "He will have a scan and be assessed by the England medical team tomorrow [Thursday].

"Jordan Henderson has been put on standby notice as cover whilst Lampard continues to be monitored."

Lampard, who won the Champions League with Chelsea this season, has played in every one of England's games at international tournaments since 2002.

He was named in the Three Lions' final 23-man squad for the Euros when it was submitted to UEFA on Tuesday, but players can be still be substituted prior to the tournament's start as long as an independent examination from a UEFA doctor confirms that a player is too injured to play in the tournament.

England are due to face Belgium at Wembley in their final friendly before the tournament begins. Their first game of the group stage is against France on June 11.

Hodgson has already been forced to make one late amendment to his squad, after Gareth Barry was ruled out of the tournament with a stomach tear. Henderson had been expected to replace the Manchester City midfielder, but Hodgson opted instead to bolster his defensive ranks with the versatile Phil Jagielka.

Barry's withdrawal came after third-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy was also forced out after breaking his finger.

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