Lampard out of England squad, Zamora doubtful

London: England manager Fabio Capello could be missing key players for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland after Frank Lampard was ruled out with a hernia and several other players injured on Saturday.

Midfielder Lampard was substituted in Chelsea`s 2-0 win over Stoke City and manager Carlo Ancelotti said he was feeling pain from the hernia and needed an operation. Chelsea skipper John Terry also suffered a leg injury.

"He will need surgery this week, Tuesday or Wednesday. He will not be able to play for England. We have told England," Ancelotti told reporters about Lampard`s situation.

"In one or two weeks he will be back. It`s very easy surgery. He needs to do it because he was starting to feel pain."

Tottenham Hotspur`s Peter Crouch injured a rib against Wigan Athletic while fellow striker Jermain Defoe may need surgery on a groin injury. Fulham`s Bobby Zamora, who made his debut in the recent friendlly against Hungary, is also a major doubt according to his manager Mark Hughes after suffering a thigh injury in the 2-2 draw at Blackpool.

Zamora was on target for Fulham but ended the match in pain after sustaining a blow on his thigh in the first half.

"I would suggest Zamora is a real doubt at the moment," Hughes told the BBC. "It stiffened up at halftime and he thought it might loosen up but that was not the case and it may be more serious. Hopefully he will not be out for a long time."

Better news for Capello was the form of Arsenal`s Theo Walcott who notched his fourth goals of the season in the 2-1 win at Blackburn Rovers while Newcastle`s Andy Carroll is being tipped for a call-up after his impressive start to the season.

England face Bulgaria at Wembley next Friday in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier before travelling to face Switzerland the following Tuesday.

Bureau Report

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