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Lampard and Terry close to return for struggling Chelsea

| 29.11.2010

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed John Terry and Frank Lampard are close to making their long awaited return to the Chelsea starting line-up – and could be available for Saturday’s visit of Everton.

Lampard has been out since August with a groin injury, while Terry has missed Chelsea’s last three league games – where they picked up only one point – because of a nerve problem.

The Blues are still favourites for the Premier League title at 11/8 despite Manchester United claiming top spot thanks to their 7-1 demolition of Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea’s draw with Newcastle.

However, Ancelotti is convinced the return of Terry and Lampard can get them back to winning ways.

He said: “Next week will be an important one for Terry and Lampard.

“We have a week to control their condition and I hope both, maybe more Terry than Lampard, will be able to play against Everton.

“They are very important players, not just technically, but because they have personality and character, and at the moment, we need to have that kind of player at our disposal.”

Chelsea have sorely missed the influence of both players in recent weeks. However, with the Blues finding the net just four times in their last six games, the return of Lampard in particular could give them the edge they need to retain their title.

Lampard scored 22 goals in the Premier League last season but hasn’t featured for the Blues since their 2-0 win against Stoke in August.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.