Lampard struggling to be fit for Chelsea’s Premier League opener

Frank Lampard is running out of time to prove his fitness ahead of Chelsea’s opening Premier League game of the season, the Daily Mirror has reported, as the England midfielder is giving an ultimatum by Blues manager Jose Mourinho.

Lampard has yet to feature in Chelsea’s pre-season programme due to an Achilles injury picked up when training in Thailand with Chelsea in July, but rather than returning to England for treatment he chose to stay with the squad in the hope of the problem clearing up and allowing him to play in a warm-up game.

But the problem has persisted and as yet Lampard has not featured at all in Chelsea’s summer friendlies, with the 35-year-old needing to play at least an hour against Real Madrid on Wednesday or Roma on Saturday if he is to be in contention to play Hull in Chelsea’s trip to Hull on August 18.

If Lampard is not ready to face Steve Bruce’s Tigers then it could mean an immediate debut for Marco van Ginkel, the young Netherlands international midfielder signed from Vitesse Arnhem this summer, the Mirror adds.

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