Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti expects Frank Lampard to be fit for their next Premier League game against West Ham United.
The midfielder was forced to miss England's Euro 2012 double-header against Bulgaria and Switzerland following hernia surgery.
Lampard was substituted during the 2-0 victory over Stoke City on August 28 after reporting discomfort.
The Chelsea medical staff decided to send the 32-year-old for surgery during the two-week international break and Lampard is now expected to be fit for their next match on September 11.
"For sure, Frank will be fit for the West Ham game," confirmed Ancelotti.
However, the Blues boss has denied suggestions that it was always their plan to send Lampard for surgery during an international break.
The Stamford Bridge club have been accused of undermining England's Euro 2012 qualifying bid.
"No, we didn't decide at the start of the season to do this now," Ancelotti told the Daily Star Sunday.
"After the Stoke game, Frank was in a lot of pain.
"So he decided, after talking to the club doctor, to resolve and remove the problem immediately."