Lampard injury worry for England

  • Last Updated: October 6 2012, 19:53 BST

Frank Lampard gave England an injury scare on Saturday afternoon after being forced off in Chelsea's Barclays Premier League win against Norwich.

Frank Lampard: Was in line to captain England in WC qualifiers

Lampard was withdrawn midway through the second half at Stamford Bridge after starting and scoring in a 4-1 victory.

The 34-year-old was in line to captain England in their World Cup qualifying double-header against San Marino and Poland but Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo was not sure after Saturday's game whether he would be fit.

"We'll have to assess him tomorrow and then see," Di Matteo said.

"He felt a little bit of a problem behind his knee, so for precaution, we took him off."

Roy Hodgson may also find himself without Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs for the double header after the full-back limped from the pitch during his side's 3-1 win over West Ham.

Gibbs, who was unlikely to be pushing for a starting spot, looked in some discomfort and his manager Arsene Wenger suggested international duty may be beyond him.

He told ESPN: "He has a thigh problem just above his knee, I think he will be very doubtful for England."

There was some good news for Hodgson, though, with fit-again striker Andy Carroll managing a full 90 minutes.


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