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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Lampard may face Chelsea again ahead of Etihad exit

Frank Lampard's final match of his loan spell at Manchester City could be against his old club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on January 31.

Lampard scored a dramatic equaliser for City in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday but it has now emerged he could also be available for the return fixture.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that a decision on Lampard's move to New York City FC will be taken in January - the club's inaugural MLS season does not start until March - meaning the former England midfielder could have an emotional return to Stamford Bridge.

Pellegrini told a news conference: "Frank will stay until January because until January he doesn't have anything to do in the United States because they are not working. In January, we will see what happens here and make a decision. It is not a problem in this moment.

"It (his goal) was important because it was the goal that allowed us not to lose that match."

Lampard could start for City when they begin the defence of their Capital One Cup in the third round against Sheffield Wednesday at the Etihad tonight, and without a win in their last four games City could do with a confidence-boosting victory.

Pellegrini, however, insists fortune has not been on City's side in recent matches.

He added: "First of all, we were very unlucky not to win one of those games but of course when you don't win, you have some problems you must improve. But (am I) worried about the team? No, because I think we are not playing bad."

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