Lampard picks up injury vs. Dallas, Chanot status unknown

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

The Bronx – New York City FC’s two midseason difference makers both suffered injuries within 24 hours.

Maxime Chanot suffered a herniated disc in training on Friday and Frank Lampard injured his calf during Saturday’s match.

Head coach Patrick Vieira said he will monitor Chanot’s recovery and will see after the weekend if Chanot can return to training on Monday. Lampard sat down and stretched his calf late in the first half of Saturday’s match before being subbed off. Vieira said he believes Lampard asked for a substitution before worsening the injury.

“I didn’t speak with Frank or the doctors yet,” Vieira said. “I’m just going to wait and see how bad it is. Hopefully, he’ll be okay but he’s got the experience and I’m sure he came off before it got worse.”

Lampard’s lingering calf issues have plagued his time with NYCFC. Injuries delayed his debut to August 2015 where he aggravated the injury forcing him to miss three more games that month. He injured the calf early in the 2016 preseason and missed the first twelve matches of the season. Since returning to the lineup in late May, Lampard scored 12 goals in 18 appearances.

“He’s a sensible professional, he knows his body better than anyone else,” Vieira said. “He came out because he didn’t want to make it worse. Hopefully, he will recover and be ready for the next game on Friday. We will have to wait and see.”