Guus Hiddink expects both John Terry and Gary Cahill to return to the Chelsea squad in time for Monday's (2 May) clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
The Chelsea skipper, who is set to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires at the end of the season, has not featured since the 2-2 draw with West Ham United on 19 March due to hamstring and Achilles injuries.
With Tottenham's Premier League title challenge all but over, Hiddink's side will be looking to inflict more misery on their London rivals, and will be bolstered by the returns of their first-choice centre-halves.
When asked if the duo would be ready, Hiddink told a press conference: "I think so because both participated in training this week. They are okay to come into the first 18. It is good to have them back because John was out for a longer period because of injury. Gary a little bit the same.
"For the whole group, we said we don't want the season to fade. The team responded well in Bournemouth."
Hiddink also played down the absence of Spurs star Dele Alli ahead of the game.
Alli, who was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year after a sublime first season in the Premier League, will miss the rest of the campaign after he was handed a three-game ban by the Football Association. The 20-year-old was caught on video striking West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob in the stomach in the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.
"Alli's absence is not good for them, but they have a large squad and have had a good season. I respect the work Pochettino is doing and it shows in the team," he said.
"The selection is strong. When Dele Alli is not playing his replacement will try to do a strong job as well."