RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 21: Frank Lampard speaks to the media after the England training session at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus on June 21, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Frank Lampard has today pulled up in training with a thigh injury. He will be assessed by the medical team, and scanned tomorrow. Jordan Henderson has been put on standby notice as cover whilst Lampard continues to be monitored.
Apparently, Lampard's health has been monitored and found somewhat wanting, because Jordan Henderson has been called up to replace him for Euro 2012. It's a real shame that Lampard can't make the tournament, but at this point it does not appear that Chelsea's first Champions League winning captain (that'll be a trivia question someday) will miss any of the football that really matters to the Blues.
It's worrying that Lampard's out with a 'thigh injury', however. The last time that happened he ended up missing half a season despite an expected absence of, oh, a couple of weeks. We'll know more when the results of the scans get released, but if this is the same injury as the one that popped up in 2010/11 we're going to have to look hard at acquiring more cover in the central midfield. This also may impact Lampard's chances of actually securing the contract extension that Ron Gourlay talked about a few weeks ago.
Also, England are pretty screwed. And Lampard should retire from international duty..