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The General
03-05-2005, 04:04 PM
Frank Lampard has revealed that both he and John Terry could miss England's post-season tour to the United States as they require minor foot operations.

Sven-Goran Eriksson may still decide to call up the Chelsea duo if Jose Mourinho's side fail to reach the Champions League final.

However, given that they have played more than 100 games between them this season, the England boss could err on the side of caution.

Lampard revealed: "Hopefully, we will beat Liverpool and so reach the Champions League final. If that happens and I have the foot done straight afterwards, that would rule me out of the England tour.

"John (Terry) has had a similar problem for some time and his looks worse than mine."

England have a two-match trip to the United States at the end of this month, facing the home nation and Colombia, and several club managers have expressed reservations about the wisdom of the tour.

Eriksson will nevertheless make sure that he does not endanger the long-term fitness of any player, especially those with existing injury concerns.

Lampard told the Evening Standard: "The problem is between the little toe and the next one. It's basically a hole in the skin which flares up from time to time.

"You can pad it and play on without too much of a problem but there's discomfort from time to time.

"It flared up last Saturday at Bolton and I could feel it a bit but it's certainly nowhere near bad enough for me to contemplate not playing.

"I'll keep going until hopefully after the Champions League final and then have a little operation to clean it out."

Team-mate William Gallas has also been playing through the pain barrier over recent weeks due to a back problem but insists that only serves to underline his commitment to the club.

The Frenchman, who is acting as emergency left-back, wants reassurances that he will be restored to a central defensive role next season but reiterated he is not seeking a move from Stamford Bridge.

Gallas, 27, who has two years left on his existing contract, declared: "Chelsea have the best team spirit that I've known in my whole career. I want to be with Chelsea and don't want to leave."

He added: "My back is causing me a lot of problems and I've suffered a lot in the past two months.

"Nobody can know how I suffer inside, but I just play for the team. Sometimes I can't run and can't go forward when I want, but I keep going."