Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is confident that England midfielder Frank Lampard will finally make his return from injury in the clash with Sunderland next Sunday.
The 32-year-old has been sidelined since late August after undergoing hernia surgery, with his return delayed on several occasions, but Ancelotti is hopeful that Lampard will play some part against the Black Cats.
He told reporters:"I think he'll be okay for Sunday. He started to train two days ago with the team.
"He doesn't have a problem and is showing confidence. I hope he will be ready, not necessarily to play for 90 minutes, but just to be involved in the squad.
"If he's okay, he can start. I don't think he will be able to play 90 minutes, but he can play part of the game – he can do that."