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Frank Lampard still out for both Chelsea and England

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that midfielder Frank Lampard will miss tonight's Champions League clash against Marseille at Stamford Bridge and England's next Euro 2012 qualifier.

Lampard will be absent from England's clash against Montenegro at Wembley next month after Ancelotti insisted that the player needs more time to recover from hernia surgery.

The 32-year-old midfielder has now been absent for a month and Ancelotti maintained that he would not be in contention for a return to action until after the international break.

“Frank cannot play against Marseille,” said Ancelotti.

“We need to have more time than we expected for his rest. He will be ready for the next game after the international break.

“He has not played for us so he will not be able to play for the national team.”

Even though Chelsea are without the services of Lampard, Salomon Kalou, Yossi Benayoun and the suspended Didier Drogba, Ancelotti insists the squad is capable of coping with such losses against Didier Deschamps' sidetonight.

“I think I have a lot of options,” he added. “We have to consider Daniel Sturridge and Gael Kakuta, it is normal during a season to have two or three injuries, this is not a problem.

“Experience is a good thing to have as a squad. Young players need to have experience. We have a good mix at this club and we’ll be ready for Marseille who are a good team. They play attacking football and they will be quick.”

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