Chelsea believe John Terry will be fit to start in the side’s clash against champions Leicester City on Saturday after the defender returned to training this week.
The 35-year-old has been out of action for a month after sustaining an ankle ligament injury in the side’s 2-2 draw against Swansea.
Terry was initially ruled out for around ten days but suffered a setback in an attempt to accelerate his return.
Chelsea’s next six fixtures
Chelsea vs Leicester 15th October
Chelsea vs Manchester United 23rd October
West Ham vs Chelsea 26th October
Southampton vs Chelsea 30th October
Chelsea vs Everton 5th November
Middlesbrough vs Chelsea 20th November
However, with the bulk of Chelsea’s squad on international duty this week, Terry was able to return to training this week and participate in sessions with others not involved in the World Cup qualifiers.
Antonio Conte is yet to settle on a system at Stamford Bridge this term but Terry’s return is likely to see the Italian select the veteran from the outset against the Foxes.