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Lampard return date set?

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Warren Little

There's some interesting news buried at the bottom of a GetWestLondon piece on the trio of Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole, whose contracts all expire in the summer. While their extended future is of course interesting, we're in mid-season mode at the moment and therefore looking shorter-term, which makes word on Lampard's injury both interesting and welcome.

Jose Mourinho had said Lampard was set to miss a few games after he came off at halftime during Chelsea's 2-1 win against Liverpool, and now he's apparently given us a return date. The midfielder will be back in action before the end of the month, which means he could be available for the FA Cup match against Stoke City or, more poetically, the home game against West Ham United.

Although Lampard's received some flack for poor performances this season, it's clear that when he has adequate rest he's still an extremely important player for this side, and getting him back can only improve the team. Add Lampard and Nemanja Matic to the mix and suddenly midfield might not look so dilapidated after all.