Friday 19 January 2018

Frank Lampard a doubt for Chelsea finale

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard

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Frank Lampard may have played his final match for Chelsea after Jose Mourinho revealed the midfielder is a doubt for tomorrow's Premier League finale at Cardiff.

Lampard, who is 36 in June, is out of contract at the end of the campaign alongside long-serving captain John Terry and Ashley Cole.

"Frank Lampard is ill, he is in bed," Mourinho said. "If he is in bed on Friday, I don't think on Saturday he is coming in a condition to travel or to play."

Lampard is Chelsea's record goalscorer, with 209 goals in 646 games. Asked to reflect on the star's career, Mourinho said: "Maybe in a few years he will have a statue where Peter Osgood is, by his side. He's one of the biggest players (in the history) of this club."

Terry is also doubtful – with "a little thing" picked up on Thursday – but has begun negotiations over a possible new contract. Cole appears on the verge of an exit after being a peripheral figure this term.

However, asked if their Chelsea careers would be ending, Mourinho said: "I don't know. But I don't think so. The club knows my opinion."

Despite finishing the season without silverware, Mourinho reflected on a "positive" return after the Blues finished 25 points off the pace in 2012 and 14 adrift last term. "Some of the players had for the first time that experience of fighting for the title, until it was not possible," he said.

Samuel Eto'o, who has scored 12 goals this term, is also out of contract and may also have played his final game for the club as he suffered an injury on Friday after a recent knee problem.

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