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Terry and Lampard set to return for Sunderland match

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Chelsea veterans John Terry and Frank Lampard are set to return to first team action soon, with interim manager Rafa Benitez saying that both could play against Sunderland next weekend.

Both players have been out with injuries, Terry suffering from a knee problem as a result of a clash with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, while Lampard is recovering from a calf injury, but could soon return to first team action as Benitez is quite disappointed with his side's lack of character in his first three matches in charge.

Benitez, who was booed by Chelsea's fans at Upton Park after their 3-1 defeat, was quoted by the Sun as saying: "Terry will train part of the session on Monday so hopefully will be close although, with the knee, you never know. Frank will train on Monday as well. Sunderland? We will see. I will talk with them and then the doctor afterwards.

"Normally I wouldn't play them if it was not necessary, but a lot of players can play with problems. It depends on the risk. But character and leadership are necessary in a team."

Benitez also added that the duo would miss out on their must win game against Nordsjaelland, but he did hope that Juverntus would lose in Ukraine so that the Blues can proceed to the knockout stages in the competition.