Benfica have accepted that Di María will leave sooner rather than later, although they are reluctant to sell him while they remain in contention for the Portuguese title.
Scolari received some good news yesterday when Terry, the captain, returned to training after missing the 2-1 win over Stoke. The centre half is expected to play in Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Ipswich Town at Stamford Bridge.
Didier Drogba is also likely to be recalled to face the Coca-Cola Championship club after he trained well again yesterday and suffered no ill effects from his troublesome right knee. The Ivory Coast striker has been omitted for Chelsea's past two matches but is determined to stay and fight for his place.