NYCFC Notes: Lampard recovering slowly, Harrison update, more

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by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

Frank Lampard was not at New York City FC training Thursday and will miss another game due to his injured calf.

Lampard has yet to train with the team during the regular season and NYCFC have not provided a timetable for his return.

“Frank is getting a little bit better but it is a long process,” head coach Patrick Vieira said. “We’re just giving him a few days off and he will be back training next week.”

Vieira said Lampard is particularly frustrated at not being able to train or play with the team this year. The NYCFC boss added that Lampard’s recovery process requires more patience, but he is hopeful to see him more involved in the next week.

Harrison Progressing

Jack Harrison will not come off the disabled list until the end of April at the earliest. However, he has been training on his own regularly for the past two weeks.

Harrison is recovering from a groin injury that NYCFC were aware of when they traded for him at the SuperDraft. There does, however, seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel for the MLS Draftee.

“Jack is getting closer and closer,” Vieira said, “he will start some training with the team next week.”

Theoretically, Harrison would be eligible for New York City’s match against the Montreal Impact on April 27 and the club have an open international slot.

A new look up front

NYCFC appears likely to revert to the 4-3-3 it used against the Chicago Fire in the season opener. Although the formation and the opponent are the same, the personnel may change.

Patrick Mullins and Steven Mendoza saw time as a center forward during training this week, with David Villa moved to his natural left sided position.

Inserting Mullins into the starting lineup would provide New York City with a more physical focal point for its attack.

“My job is pretty simple,” Mullins said, “two things is to hold the ball up for the team and make sure I combine well to buildup the attack and to be there and finish off the goals. I start the runs into the box to dictate for everyone else and I think I do those things well.”

 

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  • John Peros

    He’s a worse signing than Rafa Marquez. At least Rafa played…he sucked but he played.

    • Jimbo

      Nooooo. Nothing is worse than Rafa starting a brawl and then faking a punch in the face. Frank is refined in comparison.

  • slowleftarm

    The only time I can recall Fat Frank setting foot on the field for NYCFC was when he got nutmegged by Grella.

  • Smurf040

    Lol! It’s hilarious how “fatman” Lampart is taking Nyc Fc for a ride! That whole team is a joke! Rolf!! 😂

    • Hernando Peralta

      Probably you’re another Cosmos a$$hole fan, right?

  • Chicos tacos

    Is it possible that lampard would be paid lees than a dp and then get a new dp, or half dp.
    Nycfc can practically get any dp they want, chicharito, Torres and why not give a six month contract to Ronaldinho.
    Ronaldinho can easily make magic in their small Yankee field.

  • Anthony

    Hope City Sports Group saved the receipt

  • Smurf040

    I have an idea! How about not coming back at all?? He can save himself and the league the embarrassment!!! What a tool!!

  • george

    jesus, this guy. Seriously, what a waste of money.