Balky Calf Again Sidelines Lampard

Frank Lampard, Major League Soccer

Frank Lampard, Major League SoccerNew York City FC’s push for the playoffs and the top spot in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference will go on without Frank Lampard.

The team on Monday announced that the former England International is expected to be out three to four weeks after suffering a low grade strain of his left soleus (calf) muscle.

According to NYCFC, Lampard’s injury is different from the one that sidelined him earlier in the season. His latest calf issue happened in the first half of Saturday’s match against FC Dallas, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Upon returning from injury earlier this season, Lampard became a central figure in New York City’s offense, scoring 12 goals and registering 1 assist in 15 starts.

Tied for second place in the Eastern Conference with New York Red Bulls on 45 points — two points behind Toronto FC — NYC has four matches remaining in the season; home vs. Chicago and Columbus and on the road against Houston and D.C. United. The playoffs begin Wednesday, October 26.