Frank Lampard out 3-4 weeks

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by JACK HAZZARD

On late Monday night, New York City FC officially announced that star English midfielder Frank Lampard is expected to sit out for 3-4 weeks due to a low-grade strain of the left soleus muscle (calf).

Although the 38-year-old’s injury is far from pleasant, Lampard should be more than prepared to return to the pitch well before the start of the 2016 MLS Playoffs.

Lampard has enjoyed a terrific season under head coach Patrick Vieira, accumulating an impressive tally of 12 goals and one assist in 17 Major League Soccer starts. Currently resting third in the Eastern Conference, New York City FC has four games remaining this season in order to reach the Eastern Conference’s top spot. Even though this task is already a major challenge, Patrick Vieira and his side will have to attempt it without their 38-year-old English star.

NYCFC’s next match takes place this Friday, September 23, at Yankee Stadium against a weaker Chicago Fire side. Kickoff starts at 8:00 PM ET.