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Last Updated: Friday, 3 August 2007, 17:37 GMT 18:37 UK
Chelsea play down Lampard fears
Frank Lampard
Chelsea say Lampard sustained only a minor knock
Chelsea have denied reports Frank Lampard has broken his toe - and insist he will be fit for the new season.

Lampard took a minor knock during their US tour but is fit for the Community Shield game against Manchester United.

Chelsea assistant coach Steve Clark said: "He's fine for Sunday. He has got a small problem with his toe.

"But when you think the injury was caused four weeks ago, he hasn't missed a match and he has taken part in every training session."

Clarke added: "It's not a major injury but it's a little bit uncomfortable. But he's a great character."

A Chelsea spokesman said the England midfielder's injury had not even required any painkilling injections.

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Lampard, who is currently negotiating a new deal with the club, has played in all of his side's six pre-season friendlies and is a pivotal part of manager Jose Mourinho's plans.

Chelsea beat Brondby 2-0 in the last run out when John Terry was absent, along with Claude Makelele, Michael Essien, Arjen Robben, Andriy Shevchenko and Lassana Diarra.

Terry has a toe injury but he and the other players should be available to face United in the curtain raiser to the new campaign.



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