West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has revealed that Graham Dorrans will not require surgery on his injured ankle.
The Baggies had feared that the midfielder would be forced under the knife in an effort to resolve the problem.
They have, however, welcomed the findings of a leading ankle specialist in Holland which suggest an operation need not be an option.
Dorrans, who suffered a setback in his recovery from a similar problem last week, is still unlikely to play again this season, but the timescale put on his recovery has been shortened considerably.
"We still don't have Graham Dorrans," Hodgson told the club's official website during his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's trip to Tottenham.
"He visited a specialist in Holland the other day, which was good for us to find out he doesn't need an operation and the way we're treating the injury is the right way - the conservative way.
"It was quite a nasty injury on a part where he's had problems before.
"He had a minor setback last week as he tried to push on, which is why we sent him to see the specialist.
"Of course, it does mean he has to go back before he can go forward again.
"A return before the end of the season is still not ruled out, but the end of the season is rapidly approaching.
"I suppose realistically we'll be very lucky if he is back before the end of the season, but it's not beyond the bounds of possibility.
"It would be nice if we didn't have to take any risk with him and we can make certain he is fully fit at the start of next season, and can get a good pre-season behind him."