Ishmael Miller looks set to be fit for the New Year, and could be playing again for the first time since injuring his knee in a collision with Portsmouth`s David James on December 7th last year.
Though hopeful of a comeback last summer medical complications forced him to have further surgery which delayed his recovery even more.
Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed that Miller is on course to return in late January and said: "We`ve had some fantastic news about Ishmael Miller. He`s had the green light from his surgeon to increase his training work load. So, we will slowly, gradually slot him into our training sessions.'