Chelsea’s Lampard sure of fitness ahead of England friendly

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes he has fully recovered from an Achilles’ tendon injury that has disrupted his pre-season preparations, the Daily Telegraph has reported, with the midfielder insisting he is fit enough to play for England against Scotland in midweek.

The 35-year-old has played only two halves of football this summer, missing most of the Blues’ friendlies under newly-returned manager Jose Mourinho. But Lampard came off the bench against Roma and scored the equalising goal of the game, lending credence to his claims that he is past the injury that has blighted his close season.

There is no pain with the injury any more. I am feeling good,” Lampard said. “I like to think I am a pretty fit bloke and will be ready for Hull. I have trained the first week of pre-season and now the last week too and I have trained hard.

I’ve looked after myself in between so if the manager wants me I am there and I am ready,” the veteran added.

Chelsea eventually beat the Serie A side 2-1, having gone behind to an Erik Lamela goal following an error from Mark Schwarzer, signed on a free transfer from Fulham this summer. Lampard equalised in the 61st minute before Eden Hazard teed up Romelu Lukaku for what proved to be the winner.

I just tried to get on the ball at much as possible, which is what I need in terms of my personal fitness,” Lampard explained. “There would have been no point just trotting around midfield playing easy balls and not extending myself.

I find it hard to put a percentage on it but what I do know is that I have trained hard all week, and I am close,” he confirmed.

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