Chelsea remain unsure when skipper John Terry will be able to return from his knee problem.
Terry was initially tipped to make a swift comeback from the injury he suffered in the match against Liverpool in November.
However, almost two months later he is still not training fully and interim manager Rafael Benitez expects the defender to remain sidelined for the time being.
“I was talking with John and it seems to be going well,” Benitez insisted.
“We think maybe he will do a warm-up with the team and we will see, but at the moment I can’t put any time on it.
“I was talking with the doctor. The problem is edema [bruising] in the bone which means you cannot say how long it will take. All we can do is wait.”
Meanwhile, Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech is expected to be out for at least another fortnight.
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