Frank Lampard 'could win fitness battle for West Ham-Man City clash'

Frank Lampard has an outside chance of recovering from injury ahead of Manchester City's visit to West Ham on Saturday, according to the Press Association.

The 36-year-old missed the Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow after being carried from the field on a stretcher against Tottenham last Saturday, but his injury is not a serious one.

The Press Association reports he remains a doubt for the trip to Upton Park with a thigh muscle injury, but if he does miss the match against his former club, he should be back in action next week.

Meanwhile, City's new state-of-the-art training centre could be used by Lampard's club New York City FC for a preseason camp in January, according to sources.

That could benefit City by allowing the midfielder to extend his loan spell at the Etihad deeper into the new year than was first envisaged.

The new MLS franchise is part-owned by City's owner Sheikh Mansour and the new Etihad Campus in Manchester, built at a cost of 200 million pounds, is one of a number of options for New York City as a base.

Sources say that Lampard's loan spell will play no part in any decision of the venue for the training camp, however.

Lampard was voted City's player of the month for September by fans and has scored a number of important goals for the club, winning one of City's three penalties against Spurs last weekend.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini said last week he was not surprised by how well Lampard has been performing: "For me it is maybe not a surprise because I know his quality.

"When you are the age of Frank Lampard you are not able to play three games in a week but when you have so great a player, you can resolve a lot of problems that we have during the game and I think that Frank is doing these duties at this moment. I am very happy with him."