Chelsea star John Terry could recover in time to play against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg fixture at Stamford Bridge next week, according to reports.
The Mirror reported the Blues' captain is making quick recovery from the ankle injury he sustained against Diego Simeone's side last Tuesday. Terry went to the ground clutching his foot in the second half amid fears that the 33-year-old could have damaged his ankle ligaments.
The former England international was ruled out by Jose Mourinho for over three weeks, with the Portuguese tactician suggesting that the defender might play this season only if his side progress into the Champions League final.
The report also said Terry was seen walking normally at the club's Cobham Training Centre and is undergoing manipulative treatment in order to make himself available for the return leg on 30 April.
Terry's return to the starting XI will come as much needed boost for Mourinho, who aspires to win the silverware this season. The former Real Madrid manager already suffered multiple blows to his squad towards the final stages of the campaign.
First choice goalkeeper Petr Cech is unfit to play this season after dislocating his shoulder in the same fixture in which Terry got hurt. Samuel Eto'o and Eden Hazard are also in the treatment table with knee and calf injuries respectively.
Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel are certain to miss the semi-final second leg clash after the midfield duo picked up suspension during the first leg.
Ramires too is out for the remainder of the league campaign after being slapped with a four-match ban by the Football Association following an off-the-ball incident with Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson last Saturday.
The ban does not apply in the Champions League and the Brazilian midfielder is eligible to feature against the La Liga outfit next Wednesday.
Chelsea face Liverpool in their next fixture on Sunday with both the clubs vying for the league title.
Mourinho is reportedly keen on fielding a second-string lineup against the Merseyside club to bolster their chances of winning the Champions League by keeping majority of his first-team players fresh and injury-free.
The west London club are currently second in the league table with 75 points after playing 35 matches, five points behind leaders Liverpool. A defeat against Brendan Rodgers' side at Anfield mathematically ends Chelsea's chances of winning the title.