The veteran centre-back has not featured for the Blues since November 11 but is waiting for the "swelling and bruising to calm down" before putting his knee knock behind himChelsea captain John Terry says that it is "a matter of time" until he makes his comeback from a knee injury.
The centre-back missed out on the Blues' unsuccessful Club World Cup challenge in Japan and has not featured since a 1-1 draw with Liverpool on November 11.
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"I'm outside doing ball work already and I can't wait to get back involved - it's just a matter of time to let things settle."
Terry, 32, has made 558 appearances in all competitions for the Blues since his debut in the 1998-99 season.