But they will have to wait a bit longer.
On Friday, the club announced that Lampard would miss Sunday’s match vs. Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium because of a calf strain, which happened in training. The game will be aired at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
In a statement released on NYCFC.com, the former Chelsea star said he is hugely disappointed to be missing Sunday’s game.
“Whilst I’ve been taking it day by day since (sustaining the injury) and have been involved in light training, I’ve just been advised by the medical team that it needs a few days’ rest for it to heal fully,” Lampard said.
“As I say, it’s personally very disappointing for me but these things happen in football. The good news is that I should be back in full training next week. While I was desperate to play a role on Sunday, I have to take the advice of our medical team to let it heal and not risk further injury so I can get back on the pitch and play a full role as soon as possible,” he added.
While NYCFC fans will be disappointed not to see Lampard on the pitch, the team itself could have used the former England International in midfield with Mix Diskerud on Gold Cup duty with the U.S. Men’s National Team.
Following Sunday’s game vs. Toronto, NYCFC’s next match is Saturday, July 18, at New England, with its next home match Sunday, July 26, when Orlando City comes to The Big Apple.