Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Antonio Valencia could be back in action by the end of February.
It was feared Valencia might be ruled out of the rest of the season after he was stretchered off against Rangers in midweek with a serious ankle injury.
Valencia has undergone surgery on the injury and it now appears the damage is not quite as bad as the United boss feared.
"You can never be 100% accurate in these situations and it is a bad injury, but we are looking at the end of February, which is better than we thought on Tuesday," said Ferguson.
Ferguson declared the operation was successful and he is confident Valencia will make a full recovery.
"The operation has been successful and the break was clean, which was the major concern for us at the time," added Ferguson.
"He is a strong boy, who is very positive about it.
"Being positive helps you in these situations, so we are very hopeful we will get him back then."
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