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Lampard fit for season start, insists Chelsea

Chelsea have dismissed speculation that England midfielder Frank Lampard is set to miss the start of the season with a broken toe.

Lampard has featured in all Chelsea's pre-season matches despite suffering a minor injury during their stay at an American training camp.

The England midfielder has not missed a single training session since collecting the knock and is set to play a major part in Sunday's FA Community Shield showdown with Manchester United.

A Chelsea statement read: "Contrary to speculation, Frank Lampard has only suffered a minor injury - sustained over three weeks ago whilst training in Los Angeles.

"The injury has not required any pain-killing injections nor affected Frank's ability to play or to take part in any one of Chelsea's training sessions."

Chelsea issued the statement to counter suggestions that the England midfielder, yet to sign a new contract with the club, would miss the start of the Barclays Premier League season.

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