Bayern Munich's injured playmaker Franck Ribery is facing a month on the sidelines, but does not require surgery on his ankle injury.
The France international suffered the problem after falling awkwardly in Tuesday's 2-1 Bundesliga victory over Hoffenheim.
An MRI scan on Wednesday has revealed he has torn ligaments in his ankle, although it has been confirmed he does not need an operation.
Ribery is expected to be in a plaster cast for the next 10 days, then will wear a special cast for a further 10 before he can begin light training.
Bayern sports director Christian Nerlinger believes Ribery will be able to resume full-time training in three weeks' time.
"He will not require surgery. That is good luck in his bad luck," said Nerlinger.
"I believe he can begin training with the team in about three weeks."
The news of Ribery's absence is a fresh blow for the German giants who are already without star winger Arjen Robben.