Frank Lampard has urged the injured Jordan Pickford not to return from injury too quickly and jeopardize his World Cup chances after he joked the goalkeeper would play for England “on a quad” if he could.
Pickford will miss his country’s last two games before the World Cup, the Nations League clashes with Italy and Germany, with a hamstring injury he sustained in the Merseyside derby.
Lampard hopes Pickford will be fit for Everton’s first game after the international break at Southampton and has held talks with Gareth Southgate and the player himself about managing his return.
He said: “Jordan would play on a quad for England in a friendly next week. We have to be sure that we are doing the right thing.
“I spoke to Gareth about it and our physios and England’s physios are working together and talking about it to make sure we’re doing the right thing for Jordan.
“And what’s right for Jordan is what’s right for Everton and England. We just have to rehabilitate it well. Hopefully in the next two or three weeks he’ll come back, it’s that simple. We wouldn’t take any chances with him.
“If we did that, it would affect our games until the winter break. If you were to injure the quad again it would obviously hurt his preparation for the world championships. So we’re going to be very careful with that. We work with Jordan and England.
“He’s eager, he’s really eager. As a player, I learned the negative sides of it. I re-injured my quad a few times and tried to push my physio to get me back faster.
“I’m more experienced now so I can be on the other side and make sure he’s doing it right. The experts are the physios. It’s spicy, but it’s very ripe. He wants to play, but we will find the right way.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/jordan-pickford-injury-everton-b2168933.html Jordan Pickford warned against returning too soon from injury