The New England Revolution's search for their first win since Jun. 13 might have gotten a little tougher as New York City FC's Frank Lampard is expected to be available for this weekend's clash, according to a report on MLSSoccer.com.
Lampard, who only recently joined NYC after spending the first portion of the season in Europe, missed Sunday's match against Toronto FC due to a calf injury. Rest has done Lampard well and the current belief is that the Designated Player will "be available for next Saturday’s game," according to head coach Jason Kreis.
One reason that Lampard might not make his MLS debut this weekend is because of the artificial turf at Gillette Stadium. The surface has deterred big-name players in the past, most notably Thierry Henry. Kreis and the NYC coaching staff will assess the situation before deciding if the 37-year-old midfielder will play.
"We need to understand first and foremost whether he’s even played on an artificial surface before," Kreis told MLSSoccer.com. "It wouldn’t surprise me if he hasn’t, certainly in a competitive match. We need to make the smartest decision that we can and that decision needs to come later in the week about whether he’s ready to play in the match or whether he’s ready to play in a match on an artificial surface."