Queens Park Rangers midfielder Kieron Dyer has received a boost after learning he should return to training from his latest injury 'in days rather than weeks.'
The former England international lasted only seven minutes of his QPR debut against Bolton on Saturday, leaving the field on a stretcher after emerging gingerly from a tackle.
Initial fears were that the 32-year-old had suffered a broken foot but QPR's head physio Nigel Cox has given a far more positive prognosis.
"The early indication we are getting is that the injury certainly isn't as serious as first feared," Cox told the club's official website.
"At the time, Kieron said he felt a 'popping' sensation so he understandably feared he had broken a bone in his foot.
"We still had concerns that an important ligament was damaged so we had a further X-ray on Monday so rule that out. Thankfully, it was clear.
"At this stage it looks like a soft tissue ligament injury. There has been a lot of swelling and Kieron is still in some discomfort, but it is moving forward quite rapidly.
"We are cautiously optimistic at this stage. We are looking at him returning to training in days rather than weeks."
Dyer arrived at the Premier League new boys this summer, attempting to rebuild his career following an injury-ravaged spell at West Ham.