Lampard injury concern for Man City

Manchester City will assess Frank Lampard after the veteran midfielder picked up an injury during a friendly match in the United Arab Emirates, ESPN has reported.

The Premier League champions are taking a short warm weather break in Abu Dhabi, where they took on Hamburg in a friendly on Tuesday. Goals from strikers Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic earned them a 2-0 victory, but Lampard was forced off in the first half.

It is so far unclear what the problem was, but City have since confirmed that the 36-year-old picked up the injury during the warm-up and was taken off as a precaution. As a result, he is unlikely to feature in the FA Cup fourth round clash with Middlesbrough on Saturday, while doubts have been raised over his availability for the crucial Premier League clash with former club Chelsea on January 31.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men are already lacking options in midfield, with Yaya Toure away at the Africa Cup of Nations and Samir Nasri out until the middle of February due to a calf injury. Fernando and Fernandinho have played together in recent games, a partnership which looks set to continue.

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