Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will resist the urge to throw Frank Lampard back into Premier League action this weekend.
The England international is still working his way back to full fitness following a hernia operation and will not be risked against Blackpool on Sunday.
He is, however, closing on a first-team return and could be drafted back into the fold when Chelsea host Newcastle in the Carling Cup on Wednesday.
"Lampard will be out," said Ancelotti.
"I don't think he'll be able to play on Sunday, but he will be ready to play in the Carling Cup next week.
"He's training but we don't want to take a risk. He has to put more power in his adductor, so he'll have to train again."
One man who is pushing for a place against the Seasiders is Daniel Sturridge, who was among the goals as Chelsea swept past MSK Zilina in midweek.
Ancelotti claims the 21-year-old striker still has plenty to prove, though, if he is to become a first-team regular and has called on the youngster to raise his game further.
"He played an important game on Wednesday and scored," added the Italian.
"It's not important for me if he's playing in the Champions League or the Premier.
"He's a Chelsea player with good quality. He could do better. I expected more of him on Wednesday and he knows this.
"He has fantastic ability, and I'd like to see these skills and ability more in a game. He scored with fantastic movement, but we need to see more of that."