Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has allayed fears that Frank Lampard is facing a lengthy period on the sidelines despite ruling the midfielder out of Saturday's trip to Manchester City.
Lampard will miss his fifth consecutive game for the Blues after undergoing surgery on a hernia problem during the recent international break.
The 32-year-old England international could also miss next week's Champions League encounter with Marseille plus the home game against Arsenal on September 3.
But despite fears over Lampard's long-term fitness, Ancelotti claims the lay-off is designed to ensure the injury does not return in the future.
"He has a weakness on his adductor and we want to strengthen that to avoid a problem when he comes back to play," he explained.
"The surgery was very good. There's no problem there, but his adductor is weak.
"We want to avoid an injury."