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Lampard limps off as NY City are held by Dallas

Former Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard limped out of New York City FC's 2-2 MLS draw with FC Dallas on Saturday with an apparent left calf injury.

Lampard limps off as NY City are held by Dallas
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Lampard laid low

Former Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard hobbled out of New York City FC's 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday with a suspected injury to his left calf muscle.

With the Play offs four weeks away it could be a serious blow for City and Lampard, who missed the first 12 matches of the season with an injury to the same leg but has become an increasingly influential force for a club challenging Toronto FC for the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Lampard, who has a dozen goals in 15 matches, exited in the 41st minute and returned to the bench at halftime with his left calf wrapped. Coach Patrick Vieira didn't immediately know the severity of the injury. “He's a sensible professional; he came out because he didn't want to make it worse. We will wait and see how bad it is”.

Khiry Shelton scored in the 78th minute to earn the draw with the Western Conference leaders, which curtailed the hosts' five-game winning streak at Yankee Stadium. The defender met a superb cross from Jack Harrison and to send a header inside the near post.

New York forward Tommy McNamara opened the scoring in the eighth minute, and Dallas responded in the 20th with a goal from forward Maximiliano Urruti. Michael Barrios put the visitors ahead in the 52nd.

Dallas top the Western Conference standings with 52 points, with the Los Angeles Galaxy second on 47. New York City sit second in the east on 45 points behind the 46 of Toronto who play the third-placed New York Red Bulls on Sunday.