Frank Lampard was supposed to make his MLS debut for New York City FC last weekend, but it turns out he’s still riding the bench.
The 37-year-old picked up a calf injury in training during the middle of last week, and it ruled him out of a wild 4-4 draw with Toronto FC. Now, it appears he will sit for this weekend’s game against New England (on turf) this Saturday as well.
NYCFC manager Jason Kreis told reporters after training Friday, “He’s not healthy. We really thought last week, based on the severity of the calf injury, that we’d have a player who would be available this weekend, but plans and reality sometimes don’t mesh. He’s still carrying the calf injury and we’re not going to take a risk with it.”
While Steven Gerrard has already played a pair of matches for LA Galaxy and makes his MLS debut Friday night, his English compatriot Lampard continues to wait for his debut as the former Chelsea man is not healing like they expected.
“We’re in the exact same boat, but we’re a week past. I’d say the chances go up,” Kreis said. “We’re really hopefully he’ll be available next week. We’re hopeful that at the beginning of next week he’ll start in full training and we’ll get him prepared for next Sunday. We’ll have an extra day as well.”
The club’s next fixture is July 26 at home against Kaka’s Orlando City SC. Lampard was also selected for the MLS All-Star Game by commissioner Don Garber, which will be played on July 29.
After a slow start to the season, NYCFC has won four of its last six matches, picking up 13 points over that time period. Lampard was meant to slot in and add to an already surging squad, but instead things have gone a bit awry.