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Mourinho to play safe with Lampard

Frank Lampard's fitness will not be risked on Chelsea's tour of Asia, manager Jose Mourinho has said.

Last Updated: 19/07/13 at 11:09 Post Comment

Frank Lampard: Fitness will not be risked by Blues boss Jose Mourinho

Frank Lampard: Fitness will not be risked by Blues boss Jose Mourinho

Chelsea's record goalscorer was slated to start Wednesday's win over Singha All-Stars in Bangkok, but appeared with strapping and ice on his right ankle due to an Achilles injury.

The Blues tackle a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, but Mourinho is taking a long-term view and is not prepared to take any chances of the 35-year-old exacerbating the problem.

"I don't want to risk," Mourinho said.

"It is such a long pre-season we don't need to risk, especially on these pitches, which are not the best quality pitches. If on Sunday he is not 100 per cent, I am not risking him.

"He is an important player for us."

Lampard surpassed Bobby Tambling as Chelsea's record goalscorer in April before agreeing a one-year contract extension to end a saga which rumbled on for much of last season.


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