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Last Updated: Friday, 31 August 2007, 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK
Lampard doubtful for England ties
Frank Lampard
Lampard scored for England in the 2-1 loss to Germany
Frank Lampard has emerged as a doubt for England's vital Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel on 8 September and Russia four days later.

Lampard, 29, has a thigh injury and will miss Chelsea's Premier League game against Aston Villa on Sunday.

"We can confirm Frank Lampard was injured in training on Friday," read a Chelsea statement.

"A scan has shown he has a tear in his left thigh. It is too early to say how long it will keep him from playing."

The club added: "The injury is on the same leg as the toe he broke earlier this season."

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Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is also a doubt but is expected to play.

Gerrard, 27, is suffering from a hairline fracture of the toe and will miss Liverpool's game against Derby.

Coach Steve McClaren's plans had already been hit by injuries to David Beckham and Kieron Dyer.

McClaren said: "I have spoken to Steven and I am very confident he will be available.

"He did play against Chelsea a couple of weeks ago and obviously we will take medical advice before making a decision.

"But ultimately, Steven wants to play in the next two games. He knows how important he is to our team. We need him."

Gerrard took pain-killing injections to play against Chelsea two weeks ago, but Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez did not risk him against Sunderland and Toulouse last week.



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