Chelsea pair out of England squad

  • Last Updated: October 12 2012, 10:19 BST

Chelsea duo Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand have withdrawn from the England squad to face San Marino on Friday night - but boss Roy Hodgson is hopeful both will be able to rejoin the squad on Sunday.

Lampard: Returns to Chelsea for treatment

Lampard has been unable to train properly after suffering a knee injury in Chelsea's win over Norwich on Saturday.

He has now been released back to the Stamford Bridge outfit, and will return to the England camp for further assessment ahead of next week's crucial trip to Poland.

Aside from Lampard, the only other member of Roy Hodgson's squad who was not able to train on Thursday morning was Bertrand.

Like Lampard, he has also returned to Chelsea for further treatment on a throat infection that has failed to clear up.

He will be assessed before a further decision about his participation is taken.

Bertrand's condition had been described as a sore throat, but the 23-year-old took to Twitter to make clear it had taken a more serious problem to force his withdrawal.

"Just to clarify.... Its not a "sore throat" Im ill.swollen glands in my neck... And constant headache for 3 days now and freezin cold" he wrote.

Hodgson said: "Lampard had a scan earlier on in the week. He tried to train away from the team on Wednesday and still felt a slight problem with his calf muscle and it was re-scanned.

"They found a few fibres where there has been a slight tear. It is not a major problem but was decided the best thing is for him to go back to his club to get treatment on a daily basis and we will reassess on Sunday.

"When Ryan Bertrand fell ill, we were hoping it was one of those 24-hour things. It turned out to be a bit more serious than that.

"It is purely illness and we've sent him back to try and recover and we hope to see him on Sunday along with Frank."

Hodgson gave no indication on Thursday whether Ashley Cole would win his 99th cap against minnows San Marino, but he is looking to utilise his squad with the game in Warsaw already in his thoughts.

He said: "I could give you clues but I'm not going to because I haven't spoken to the players about the team.

"I've a good idea in my own mind of what I'm going to do but can't divulge that until I've spoken to the players.

"I don't know if it will be a question of experimentation. It might be a question of utilising the squad in a different way because we have a very important game in Poland on Tuesday.

"My thoughts this week have been based on how best to use the squad, knowing whatever team I choose at Wembley is likely to be able to win that game. How many players do I spare or keep fitter and fresher for Tuesday? That is the decision."

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