After intensive treatment from Blues medical staff, he is back TWO weeks sooner than expected. That is a major boost for Avram Grant as his team attempt to claw back the gap on leaders Arsenal.
Chelsea will be further strengthened by news that Carvalho is also ahead of schedule in his recovery.
The Portugal international suffered cracked vertebrae and was told he would miss EIGHT weeks.
The Sun says Blues are confident he will be back in time to face Arsenal in two weeks.
Carvalho's return for that crunch match is even more important given that Michael Essien will be banned for the game.