Chelsea captain John Terry is set to play in a behind-closed-doors friendly later this week as he continues his recovery from back surgery.
Terry injured his back in training earlier this month
Terry, 26, underwent a successful operation just last Thursday to cure his troublesome back injury.
But the central defender took part in a full lunchtime training session on Monday and will feature in a secret reserve match, according to The Sun.
He hopes to return in time for next week's Carling Cup tie against Wycombe.
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Terry will also be aiming to be fully fit ahead of England's clash against Spain at Old Trafford on 7 February.
He has not played since going down with the calf problem that ruled him out of the 3-2 victory at Everton on 17 December.
Chelsea have conceded eight goals in four league matches without Terry and are seven points behind Premiership leaders Manchester United, but have a chance to close the gap at Aston Villa on Tuesday evening.