Charlton left-back Grant Basey has suffered ankle ligament damage and not a broken leg after being stretchered off against Bristol Rovers.
The Addicks defender was felled by Rovers midfielder Dominic Blizzard just 12 seconds into the 2-1 defeat at the Memorial Stadium on Monday, with the Pirates player receiving a yellow card.
Charlton manager Phil Parkinson was left seething at the challenge, and claimed after the game that the decision not to show Blizzard the red card cost his side the match.
But although the League One outfit were dealt a blow in their hunt for promotion, the fact that Basey has not suffered a broken leg will be welcome news to all concerned.
Charlton physio Steve Allen told the club's official website: "It's not as bad as was feared at the time.
"Grant has soft tissue contusion (bruising) to the inside of his shin from the direct challenge, and subsequently this resulted in him rolling his ankle, causing ligamentous damage.
"Grant was taken to a local hospital, but he came back on the coach with the rest of the squad and is on crutches.
"We can't put a timescale on the injury, but it could have been a lot worse considering the seriousness of the tackle."
Charlton take on Yeovil at The Valley on Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways after their defeat to Rovers.