Lampard targets return at Villa

England midfielder Lampard, 32, has not played for club or country

since aggravating a hernia problem in August’s 2-0 win against

Stoke. He underwent surgery last month and resumed training only to

suffer a groin strain. Lampard has missed Chelsea’s last seven

games and England’s opening two European Championship qualifiers

and will also sit out next Tuesday’s clash with Montenegro. He said

in the Evening Standard: “I don’t really want to set dates but I’m

hoping to return after the international break. “I’ve got a good

couple of weeks to work with the physios. Hopefully, I won’t be too

far away. “I’m a horrible person to be around when I’m not playing

so it’s been frustrating for me.”