Frank Lampard will miss Chelsea’s Premier League showdown against Manchester United on Saturday after the death of his mother from pneumonia.
The midfielder missed the games against Wigan and Everton and may not take part in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final with Liverpool.
“The club will be offering all the support it can to Frank and his family at this time,” read a statement.
A statement issued by Lampard’s agent said: “Frank and his family would like to thank all the people that have inundated them with wishes of support.
“Frank would also like to acknowledge and say thank you for compassion shown to him by Chelsea manager Avram Grant and all staff at Chelsea FC during what has been a terribly traumatic period for him and his family.
“Pat was a very familiar face to many people at Chelsea FC.
“Her unswerving support for her son’s career was evident at virtually every game that Frank participated in regardless of where it was being played.
“She would always be there to watch him with Frank’s dad. Pat will be deeply missed by everyone at Chelsea.”
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez passed on his condolences to Lampard and his family.
“It is difficult for him, especially before these important games,” said the Spaniard.
“He has our sympathy because for him this is very, very bad news. Some of our players are mates with him from the (England) national team, so everyone feels the same.”