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Lampard in frame for Chelsea return after hernia op

Frank Lampard has recovered from a hernia operation and could start against West Ham on Saturday, revealed Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti. The midfielder underwent surgery as recently as two weeks ago in Germany and he is expected to be ready for the trip to Upton Park.

The Italian revealed to the Daily Star: "For sure, Frank will be fit for the West Ham game."

However, Ancelotti denied that Lampard deliberately put club before country after the 32-year-old pulled out of the national squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland.

"No, we didn't decide at the start of the season to do this now," he said. "After the Stoke game, Frank was in a lot of pain.

"So he decided, ¬after talking to the club doctor, to resolve and remove the problem immediately."

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