John Terry return softens Chelsea's Lampard blow
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that England midfielder Frank Lampard will miss today's match against former club West Ham after failing to recover from hernia surgery in time.
Lampard's absence is balanced by the return of John Terry, who like Lampard, missed England's Euro 2012 qualifying victories over Bulgaria and Switzerland.
Terry has managed to recover from the hamstring problem that forced him out of England action.
“John is available to play,” said Ancelotti. “Lampard needs to have more time to rest.
“He trained with us this week and has done very well, but he needs to have more time. Maybe he'll be involved in the Champions League next week.”
England's 4-0 success over Bulgaria was followed by a 3-1 away victory at Switzerland, prompting speculation over the international futures of both absentees.
But Ancelotti does not agree the pair need to worry about being selected again by Fabio Capello.
“I think Lampard and Terry deserve to play in the national team. I think next time, they'll be ready to play for the national team.”
Ancelotti also had some words of wisdom for Wayne Rooney — who is expected to be on the receiving end of fan abuse at Goodison Park today following revelations about his private life.
Terry endured the same treatment last season but the Italian believes Rooney is capable of taking any abuse in his stride.
“A player who has this kind of problem has to stay focused on the match, on his behaviour on the pitch,” said Ancelotti. “If he does that it's not a big problem. When you're on the pitch, you can't think about the behaviour of the fans.
“You have to play football and stay focused on what's happening in the match. Everyone knows how John Terry played last year. Maybe it can be a good motivation if the opposing fans are against you. Rooney scored in the last England game. I think he reacted very well.”