The Everton goalkeeper has stated that the midfielder’s stint at the Etihad Stadium should not be extended to the end of the season.
The veteran midfielder joined New York City FC after being released by Chelsea in the summer, but has spent this season on loan at the MLS franchise’s parent club in England.
The reigning Premier League champions are thought to be keen to extend the former England international’s stay with the club until the end of the season.
Howard has said that any deal would have questions marks surrounding it as both City and New York City FC have the same owners.
“Maybe the MLS will have to slap Frank on the wrists and tell him he has to go to New York,” the veteran goalkeeper is quoted as saying by Mirror Football.
“But City own the New York club and therein lies the problem. I don’t think (Lampard going back) is going to happen.”
Lampard famously scored the equaliser for City against Chelsea earlier this season and is proving to be a valuable member of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad.
He is due to join up with the American club ahead of the new MLS season, but it remains to be seen whether or not this will happen.
Many Chelsea fans have questioned why the West London club did not extend the club legend's contract, but statistics show that Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic's performances have been more conclusive this season than Lampard's were last term.