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Frank Lampard could yet give Chelsea the blues again

Frank Lampard's final match of his loan spell at Manchester City could be against his old club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on January 31.

Lampard scored a dramatic equaliser for City in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday and it has now emerged he could also be available for the return fixture.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that a decision on Lampard's move to New York City FC will be taken in January – the club's inaugural MLS season does not start until March – meaning he could have an emotional return to Stamford Bridge.

Pellegrini said: "Frank will stay until January because until January he doesn't have anything to do in the United States because they are not working. In January, we will see what happens here and make a decision.

"It (his goal) was important because it was the goal that allowed us not to lose that match."

Lampard could start for City when they begin the defence of their Capital One Cup in the third round against Sheffield Wednesday at the Etihad tonight and without a win in their last four games City could do with a confidence-boosting victory.

Pellegrini, however, insists fortune has not been on City's side in recent matches.

He added: "We were very unlucky not to win one of those games but of course when you don't win, you have some problems you must improve, but am I worried about the team? No, because I think we are not playing bad. Especially in the games against Arsenal and Chelsea we played really well.

"Maybe against Bayern we didn't play the 90 minutes in the way I like the team to do it but it is not easy to play against Bayern away. We didn't do a bad game."

Pellegrini also played down reports of City being interested in signing Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

He said: "I don't talk about rumours. We are not trying to bring anyone to our squad at this moment. I am not looking at any other players."

Pellegrini will urge his players to treat Sheffield Wednesday with respect, as they are coming off the back of a good run and City were victims to Championship opponents in the FA Cup last season, when Wigan won at the Etihad.

He said: "When you play against a Championship team it is always very difficult and Sheffield Wednesday have lost just once in their last 10 games."

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