Chelsea head coach Carlo Ancelotti expects Ashley Cole to back in first-team action in around three weeks, as the England left-back continues his recovery from a foot injury.
The 29-year-old has not featured for the Blues since being injured in the 2-1 defeat at Everton on February 10, with some reports suggesting that he could be a doubt for this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.
However, Ancelotti is confident that Cole will soon be available for both club and country.
The Italian commented: "Cole will definitely play this season. He will be ready for the World Cup.
"I've not spoken to Fabio Capello about this, but the England staff are in contact with our medical staff.
"Ashley has been training individually and in 15 days he will be back with the squad. I think he will be ready to play in three weeks."
Meanwhile, Ancelotti is fired up for the potential decider with Manchester United on Saturday.
He told Sky Sports News: "I think that this game won't decide the winner, but the team that wins the game will have a good chance to win the title.
"I am working to bring the Premier League here to Stamford Bridge. We are hungry to win because Chelsea has been very close for three years and now is the time to win.
"I am not satisfied because we are in second place in the table. We were in first place for eight months and now we are in second."