Frank Lampard has been with NYCFC for just over a week, has yet to make his debut, and he’s already injured.
The Major League Soccer club confirmed that their new Designated Player picked up a calf injury in training and will not play in this weekend’s match against Toronto FC, where he was originally meant to make his MLS debut at Yankee Stadium.
“I’m hugely disappointed to be missing out on Sunday’s game, which I have been really looking forward to,” Lampard told the official NYCFC website. “I’ve been feeling great in training and have loved working with the squad. Unfortunately I sustained a small strain to my calf during a session.”
Lampard joined NYCFC training on July 1 when his contract officially kicked in, and is expected to rejoin training next week after resting his injury over the weekend.
“Whilst I’ve been taking it day by day since then and have been involved in light training, I’ve just been advised by the medical team that it needs a few days’ rest for it to heal fully,” Lampard said. “As I say, it’s personally very disappointing for me but these things happen in football. The good news is that I should be back in full training next week. While I was desperate to play a role on Sunday, I have to take the advice of our medical team to let it heal and not risk further injury so I can get back on the pitch and play a full role as soon as possible.”
Following Sunday’s match with Toronto, NYCFC next takes to the field on July 18 at New England followed by a return home on July 26 against Orlando City.