Mourinho calms Frank Lampard injury worries

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Jose Mourinho has instructed Frank Lampard to take it easy after the Chelsea star suffered an injury scare in Thailand, according to the Daily Mail.

The Chelsea record goalscorer exacerbated an existing sore achilles tendon on the club's pre-season tour of Asia.

He'd been picked to start for the Blues during their first game of the tour, but dropped out after suffering a recurrence of the problem in the pre-match warm-up.

Mourinho said he'd put his players through '14 training sessions of intensity' as the new Chelsea boss looks to prepare his side for a Premier League title challenge next season.

They have a rest day travelling from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur before facing a Malaysia XI at the weekend.

Mourinho will put his team through a double training session on Friday prior to Sunday's friendly, but the report claims the ex-Real Madrid boss has ordered Lampard not to take any risks.

The Stamford Bridge side don't think his injury is a long-term concern, but they do not want to push the 35-year-old midfielder too hard.

"It is a precaution," Mourinho told the Daily Mail. "I always say the players have to be intelligent in this period. No risks if they feel a little thing.

"In competition you have to risk something. In pre-season, the worst thing that can happen is an injury while taking a risk.

"He was feeling discomfort on his achilles, so we decided he wouldn't play. Ramires is a natural runner so it wasn't a drama for him to play 90 minutes. Frank will rest and in two days’ time he'll be back in training."

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