Injured Lampard to miss West Ham return

LONDON, Sept 10, 2010 (AFP) - Chelsea's Frank Lampard will not play against his former club West Ham on Saturday after Carlo Ancelotti confirmed the England midfielder hasn't fully recovered from hernia surgery.

Lampard was absent from England's two Euro 2012 qualifiers after deciding to use the international break to have an operation to cure the hernia problem that has troubled him for several months.

However, the 32-year-old is still recovering from the surgery and Blues boss Ancelotti admitted on Friday that he would not risk the former West Ham midfielder at Upton Park this week.

Lampard could return for Chelsea's opening Champions League group stage clash against Slovakia's MSK Zilina in mid-week.

"Lampard needs to have more time to rest," Ancelotti said. "He trained with us this week and has done very well, but he needs to have more time.

"Maybe he'll be involved in the Champions League next week, but not on Saturday."

There was better news for Ancelotti regarding John Terry as the Chelsea captain will feature against West Ham after recovering from the hamstring problem that forced him to pull out of the England squad.

"John is available to play," Ancelotti said. "I think these players needed to have a rest because they had problems.

"Terry resolved this problem during the two weeks. Lampard had to have the surgery. He did very well because, in seven days, he was able to train again. But obviously we want to give him more time to recover 100 percent."

In the absence of Lampard and Terry, England won 4-0 against Bulgaria and 3-1 in Switzerland, prompting speculation over their international futures.

But Ancelotti does not agree the pair need to worry about being selected again by Fabio Capello.

"I think Lampard and Terry deserve to play in the national team. I think that, next time, they'll be ready to play for the national team," Ancelotti added.

Ancelotti also advised Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to follow Terry's example and ignore the boo-boys if, as expected, he gets a hostile reception at Everton on Saturday.

Rooney is always taunted by Everton fans after his move from Goodison Park to United in 2004 and there will be extra venom to the jibes this year following tabloid allegations that the England striker visited prostitutes while his wife Coleen was pregnant.

Terry had to cope with a similar situation last season following allegations of an affair with the partner of his former team-mate Wayne Bridge.

"A player who has this kind of problem has to stay focused on the match, on his behaviour on the pitch," Ancelotti said.

"If he does that it's not a big problem. When you're on the pitch, you can't think about the behaviour of the fans.

"You have to play football and stay focused on what's happening in the match. Everyone knows how John Terry played last year.

"Maybe it can be a good motivation if the opposing fans are against you. Rooney scored in the last England game. I think he reacted very well."

Meanwhile, Ancelotti also rejected suggestions by Marseille that they had a bid for Didier Drogba turned down by the Blues last month.

"This is not true," he said. "They did not make an offer. They didn't ask the club if they could buy Drogba.

"If they come to us in January, they already know the answer."

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