Lampard injury bulletin cheers Chelsea

London: Chelsea have played down the extent of a new injury suffered by Frank Lampard, saying they expect the England midfielder would be fit for next week`s clash with Bolton.

Lampard underwent a scan on Wednesday after suffering a calf injury in training, sparking fears that the 32-year-old faced another spell on the sidelines after only recently returning from a long lay-off.

"I tried to keep fit during the injury by doing everything I could without harming it," Lampard told Chelsea`s website.

"I did a lot of running and got myself as fit as I could for coming back and then I just had to try to adapt to games quickly which is the toughest bit, finding the sharpness which you can never reproduce the conditions for when you are out for a while.”

"So I was pleased to get through the tight schedule of games and I felt pretty good in most of them."

Chelsea insisted on Thursday they expected Lampard to be available for Monday`s meeting with Bolton.

"Frank Lampard is suffering from a minor calf problem which will be monitored over the next few days," a Chelsea statement said.

"The midfielder, who has played every minute of our last six matches since Christmas, is expected to be available for Bolton on Monday night."

Lampard missed four months from August but returned against Tottenham in December. He scored twice in Chelsea`s 7-0 FA Cup rout of Ipswich.

Bureau Report