• Chelsea's England midfielder is carrying a calf injury
• Champions look for first away win since October
Chelsea will be looking for a first away victory since October at Bolton Wanderers on Monday with concerns persisting over the involvement of Frank Lampard for the awkward trip to the Reebok Stadium. Fears that John Terry would be out after injuring ribs in training have eased, with the player confident he will be fit.
The success of the champions' campaign could depend upon a quick revival of their form on their travels, with five of their next six matches – including trips to Everton in the FA Cup and Copenhagen in the Champions League – away from Stamford Bridge. The sequence begins at Bolton with unwelcome doubts over the influential Lampard, leaving Carlo Ancelotti and his medical team to assess the midfielder over the weekend in the hope that he will be fit to participate after suffering a slight calf complaint.
"We had a little problem with Lampard and we have to check on him," said Ancelotti. "He's been having treatment and didn't train with the team on Thursday, but I hope he will be ready to play soon."
The manager said that Terry had done "different training" because of what he described as "a little problem on his back". He was upbeat about the captain's chances of playing and Terry is adamant he will be able to feature.
"On Monday I took a knee to the ribs, which were sore and resulted in me missing the last two days' training with the squad," he said. "I have been able to do some pool work and stepped up training today with the medical team whilst the rest of the squad were off. I will resume full training tomorrow and be available for Monday's game at Bolton."
Chelsea will feel they need Terry and Lampard fit and focused if they are to prevail at Bolton. Chelsea may have won on every visitthey have made to the Reebok Stadium since Roman Abramovich bought the club, but Owen Coyle's side tested them severely at Stamford Bridge last month and will be buoyed by the fact Ancelotti's side have gone seven away games without a win in all competitions, losing their past two matches at Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers – who had started that evening bottom of the table – with a dramatic improvement required now if they are to retain any hopes of securing the 80 points Ancelotti believes could claim the title.
"We didn't achieve good results away from home, I know this," said Ancelotti. "We haven't been able to win away since October, and this is the reason we've lost our position [at the top of] the table. We played poorly against Wolves and Marseille, but when we deserved to win – against Birmingham, and also at Tottenham Hotspur – we were a bit unlucky. We had a lot of chances to score at St Andrew's and we missed a penalty at the end of the game against Spurs. Those performances weren't so bad, but the results were obviously no good.
" I really don't think it's a question of the players lacking belief. We don't change our philosophy away from home.The players are fitter and training with more confidence. But, obviously, it's about results."
Negotiations continue with Benfica over the possible purchase of David Luiz, a move Chelsea remain optimistic can be secured ahead of the closure of the transfer window at the end of the month. Fulham will have to wait to discover whether their neighbours will be willing to loan Gaël Kakuta until the end of the season. "We are thinking about this, but we haven't made a decision yet," said Ancelotti. "We are thinking whether it will be good or not for our young players to have experience on loan for six months and play games. We will see."