Frank Lampard given time off by New York City FC as he continues injury rehab

The former Chelsea midfielder is still to see his first minutes of the 2016 MLS campaign after picking up a calf strain during preseason.

New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard has been given time off by the club as he continues his recovery from a calf injury, head coach Patrick Vieira has told

Lampard has missed NYCFC’s first five games of the 2016 campaign after picking up a calf strain during preseason and is set to sit out a sixth this weekend when Vieira’s side face Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium.

The former Chelsea and England stalwart also struggled with the same problem last term following his summer arrival, making just 10 appearances and scoring three goals, but his manager is hoping to have him available for selection soon.

“We are a tight team, a really strong team,” Vieira told on Wednesday. “We believe that the only way we can achieve our goal is to stick together. During the season, we’re going to face tough spells and our togetherness will get us through it. Frank is a part of it and I can’t wait for him to get back on the pitch.”

In other injury news, rookie midfielder Jack Harrison trained fully on Wednesday for the first time since the trade that saw him acquired from the Chicago Fire just minutes after being announced as the number one pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

The 19-year-old Englishman missed the entire preseason with a groin injury before being put on the disabled list on 13 March, but he is now back in training with the rest of the NYCFC squad and expected to be fit and available for selection before the end of the month.

However, per MLS roster rules, the former Manchester United trainee will not be eligible to make his debut for the club until their game against the Montreal Impact on 27 April.

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