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Lampard struggling to make Barcelona

Lampard will miss Saturday's Premier League game at West Bromwich Albion because of a hamstring injury and may struggle to be fit for Tuesday's Champions League showdown with Barcelona.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 21:36 IST

Chelsea's Frank Lampard will miss Saturday's Premier League game at West Bromwich Albion because of a hamstring injury and may struggle to be fit for Tuesday's Champions League showdown with Barcelona.

The 27-year-old midfield stalwart, who has sat out only one other Premier League game this season, was sent home from England's training camp this week and missed the friendly against Uruguay after tweaking the hamstring in training.

A Chelsea spokesman said on Friday that Lampard, runner-up in the World and European player of the year awards, was a certain absentee from the match against struggling West Brom.

England team mate Joe Cole said: "Frank's a world class player and any team would miss him.

"Hopefully we'll have everyone fit for Barcelona."

France defender William Gallas, who missed the 2-1 home defeat by Barcelona in the first leg of the knockout round tie 10 days ago, could return from a knee injury for the second leg and may not be risked on Saturday.