Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is hoping to be back in the Stamford Bridge dugout on Saturday after rushing home to Italy to be with his seriously ill father.
The Italian coach learned that his father Giuseppe, 86, had been taken sick after Chelsea's 4-0 thrashing of Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night and jetted out to the family home in Reggiolo.
Giuseppe was in a stable condition on Thursday night and the club's assistant boss Ray Wilkins is confident that Carlo Ancelotti will be back in time for Saturday afternoon's Premier League match with Blackburn Rovers.
"I am sincerely hoping that Carlo will be back," said Wilkins, who will deputise for the Italian should he fail to return in time. "His father is not in the best of condition. I spoke to Carlo last night and his father was stable, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that he will be back. Carlo will decide who plays."
With Premier League leaders Manchester United playing Liverpool on Sunday, Chelsea have the chance to return to the summit against Sam Allardyce's team.
But Wilkins is expecting a difficult game against Rovers and even went as far as tipping David Dunn, who has scored three goals in his last three outings, as a possible candidate for a place in England's World Cup squad.
"Sam's side will always be extremely well-organised and cause massive threats from set plays," said Wilkins. "So once again we have to be rock solid from set-plays.
"David Dunn is playing very well indeed. Fabio has got his base of who he wants to take and there are definitely places out there for people to grab. Dunn is playing some really first class football just off the striker, and causing havoc and scoring goals. If we are going to do well in South Africa, we need to score goals."