Celtic boss Neil Lennon does not expect skipper Scott Brown to require a third operation on his troublesome ankle.
The midfielder aggravated the injury during Sunday's 4-2 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox, sparking fear of another breakdown.
Lennon has since confirmed the club will not rush Brown back and will "shut down" the 26-year-old until they're confident he has fully recovered.
However, the Bhoys boss does not anticipate further surgery to be required on the same foot Brown was operated on in 2009.
"I don't think it's as severe as that," he said when asked if another op is in order.
"I think it's just a sprain that has not really settled. The only way it will settle is by shutting down for a week or two," he reiterated.
"He declared himself fit to play, trained well on Saturday. Then he has gone in for a block tackle and felt the ankle go again."
Meanwhile, Lennon brushed off comments posted by Kris Commons on Twitter suggesting he was available for selection for the Old Firm defeat.
Commons, who was left out of the 18-man squad, later described Lennon as the best manager he had worked under and announced he would stop using the website.
Lennon said: "He's saying he was fit but he didn't train on Saturday - he was saying he had tight groins, so I didn't want to take that chance.
"I would have preferred it to be kept in-house but this is the modern age and social networking seems to be the way forward.
"He was obviously frustrated at being left out of the squad but I'm not going to make a massive issue out of it.
"He has looked a lot brighter in training and the break might have done him some good so he is in contention to start."