Frank Lampard is the highest-profile English footballer to have sought an injury cure with the mysterious horse placenta healer of Belgrade but it emerged yesterday that the Chelsea midfielder walked out after an hour's treatment with Marijana Kovacevic
Lampard visited Kovacevic in Serbia on last Friday, the latest in a line of Premier League stars to seek the unusual treatment practices of the woman who uses fluid derived from horse placenta to massage the afflicted areas. However, after an hour with Kovacevic he decided that her approach was not for him and decided to return to England immediately.
The 31-year-old is expected to make an earlier-than-expected return from injury against Arsenal on Sunday having torn a muscle in his thigh training with England on November 12, ahead of the friendly against Brazil.
However, it is understood that his recovery from an injury initially thought to have ruled him out for six weeks has had nothing to do with Kovacevic's unorthodox approach to healing.
Kovacevic worked for an hour on Lampard's injury — although without the horse placenta fluid — and at the end of it recommended her usual course of three days and three two-hour sessions. Rather than take her up on the offer, Lampard and Dr Bryan English decided that they would return to England immediately.