Jose Mourinho has spoken of his relief at the easing of a congested Stamford Bridge treatment room.
Chelsea kicked-off their Premier League campaign at the weekend against Birmingham without several of their top names, but it now looks as though a number could return before too long.
For Wednesday's trip to Reading, Mourinho still has somewhat limited options, but with the likes of Claude Makelele, Andrei Shevchenko and John Terry all having stepped-up their respective rehabilitations, the Portuguese could soon be ready to pick his ideal starting eleven.
"The situation is the same we had last weekend," Mourinho told Sky Sports News.
"I have to make a decision about (Michael) Essien, maybe yes, maybe no.
"After that the picture is the same. Paulo (Ferreira) is back so that is one more option, and for the weekend a lot of people will be back.
"Makelele is training normal, Sheva is training normal and John Terry will start training normal tomorrow (Wednesday)."
Ballack and Bridge
The only longer term injury concerns Mourinho still has to contend with are Wayne Bridge and Michael Ballack.
"So for the weekend I think it is only Bridge and Ballack (out) because they come from surgeries.
"After that it will be fine if we don't have problems tomorrow."