John Terry should return to action at the weekend when Chelsea face Everton, according to boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The England international has been sidelined since suffering from a nerve problem in his leg after the victory against Fulham earlier this month.
It had been feared that Terry could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but Ancelotti has now said:"I hope John Terry will be back for next week.
"He will start to train on Tuesday and I hope everything is okay.
"Obviously we hope to recover John Terry. He is important to us he is a fantastic player, has personality and it is important we have him back for the next game.
"Alex will have the operation this week. He will go to Brazil for the surgery, maybe on Monday.
"Frank Lampard we have to wait. He will start to train with us and next week will be an important week for him."