CHELSEA expect Frank Lampard to be in contention for tomorrow’s FA Community Shield against Manchester United at Wembley.
The England midfielder had been reported to be playing through the pain barrier with a broken toe, sustained on the tour of the United States.
However, the club moved to dismiss suggestions the 29-year-old was under orders to rest ahead of the new campaign.
Assistant manager Steve Clarke maintained Lampard – yet to sign a new deal – would be central to the Blues plans for the traditional curtain-raiser against the Premier League champions.
“Frank is fine for Sunday,” insisted Clarke. “He has not missed a training session, he has not missed a match.”
United are likely to have a very familiar look about them when they tackle Chelsea.
Although Sir Alex Ferguson has signed three new players, Owen Hargreaves, Nani and Anderson, with another to come in Carlos Tevez at some point early next week, none is likely to be in the champions’ starting line-up.