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Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that England midfielder Frank Lampard will miss Saturday's match against former club West Ham after failing to recover from hernia surgery in time.
Lampard's absence is softened by the return of captain John Terry, who like Lampard, missed England's Euro 2012 qualifying victories over Bulgaria and Switzerland.
Terry has managed to recover from the hamstring problem that forced him to pull out of the England squad.
"John is available to play tomorrow," said Ancelotti. "Lampard needs to have more time to rest. He trained with us this week and has done very well, but he needs to have more time. Maybe he'll be involved in the Champions League next week but not tomorrow."
Ancelotti also had some words of wisdom for Manchester United's England striker Wayne Rooney - who is expected to be on the receiving end of fan abuse following revelations about his private life.
Terry endured the same treatment last season but the Italian coach believes the United star is capable of taking any abuse in his stride.
"A player who has this kind of problem has to stay focused on the match, on his behaviour on the pitch," said Ancelotti. "If he does that it's not a big problem. When you're on the pitch, you can't think about the behaviour of the fans.
"You have to play football and stay focused on what's happening in the match. Everyone knows how John Terry played last year. Maybe it can be a good motivation if the opposing fans are against you. Rooney scored in the last England game. I think he reacted very well."