Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he hopes captain John Terry will return to action next weekend.
Terry has been sidelined for a couple of weeks following their win over Fulham.
The England centre-half revealed that he was suffering from a nerve problem in his leg, and would be out for an unspecified amount of time.
He has since seen four specialists about the problem, and it appears he is now on track to make a quicker than excepted return.
Ancelotti revealed that Terry should return to training on Tuesday with a view to playing against Everton next weekend.
"I hope John Terry will be back for next week," Ancelotti told Sky Sports.
"He will start to train on Tuesday and I hope everything is okay."
Ancelotti admits Chelsea are in dire need of Terry's return with Alex set to undergo surgery next week on a long standing knee complaint.
"Obviously we hope to recover John Terry," he continued.
"He is important to us he is a fantastic player, has personality and it is important we have him back for the next game.
"He [Alex] will have the operation this week. He will go to Brazil for the surgery, maybe tomorrow [Monday]."
The Italian also revealed that midfield lynchpin Frank Lampard is closing on a return to action.
Lampard had a hernia operation in August before suffering a groin problem during his recovery earlier this month.
But Ancelotti revealed he would join Terry for training this week, adding: "Frank Lampard we have to wait, he will start to train with us and next week will be important week for him."