Lampard a doubt for Euro 2012 Jordan Henderson on standby

May 31, 2012

Fears over veteran England midfielder add to problems ahead of Euro2012

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CHELSEA midfielder Frank Lampard (pictured) is a major doubt for England's Euro 2012 campaign and faces a crucial scan on a thigh injury today to determine whether he can take part in the tournament.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Chelsea midfielder suffered the injury during a training session with England yesterday and there are concerns within the national team camp that the 33-year-old will not be able to travel to Poland and Ukraine.

The injury could mean the second withdrawal of an experienced midfielder from Roy Hodgson's England squad in a week: Manchester City's Gareth Barry was forced to pull out with an abdominal injury he sustained in England's 1-0 win over Norway.

Should Lampard lose his place it will be taken by Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, who will join Everton defender Phil Jagielka (replacing Barry) and Birmingham keeper Jack Butland, who stepped in after John Ruddy was injured, as the third stand-by player called into the squad by manager Roy Hodgson.

Although Hodgson had to submit his final squad of 23 with Uefa on Tuesday, he is permitted to replace an injured player after that deadline.

Lampard, who turns 34 next month, said: "I did wonder if I was going to make it [to the Euros] earlier in the season. I'm not silly. I wondered if I'd be out. I took nothing for granted at that stage and it just shows you how football can turn, not just for myself."

Speaking this week, prior to his injury, he added: "Is it the last chance with England? Possibly. One day it might be taken out of my hands, so it's not an easy one to answer.

"But I'm no fool and I know that age is a factor and, when you're at the top international level, you don't go on forever. Nobody does. I will take this as potentially one of my last chances."

In an odd twist of fate, England face Belgium at Wembley on Saturday, which means a sight of Eden Hazard ahead of an anticipated move by the young Lille midfielder - to join Lampard at Chelsea.

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