Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante remains sidelined with an ankle injury but the club has received a boost with the return of long-term absentee Antonio Rudiger ahead of Saturday's trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers, manager Frank Lampard said on Friday.
Kante missed Chelsea's last two Premier League matches after picking up an injury in training and the 28-year-old was also left out of the French squad during the international break.
"This game is too soon for him," Lampard told reporters. "He's hopefully close (to returning).
"I don't want to jump the gun because we're waiting for improvement to fill that final step to get him to where we want him to be on the pitch again. But hopefully that will be in a week or so."
Rudiger required knee surgery last season when his campaign ended prematurely in April but the defender has proved his fitness after playing the full 90 minutes twice for the Under-23 side last month.