Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has expressed his relief that Jonny Howson's knee injury will not sideline him for months.
The 23-year-old missed the Whites' 1-1 weekend draw with Watford after limping out of their 2-0 win over Millwall earlier this month.
The club's captain was seen by a specialist on Friday in order to ascertain the full extent of his injury and the results have given Leeds a boost.
Grayson is pleased the Leeds-born man will not sit out the rest of the season, stating the injury could have been worse.
"We've got the results back and he's going to be out for a period of time but it's not going to be months," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"That sort of injury could have ended his season and you saw what happened to (Manchester United's) Nemanja Vidic last week. But Jonny doesn't need any surgery so he's going to be out for a few weeks.
"I'm not going to put an exact timescale on it but it won't rule him out for the season which it could quite easily have done. He'll be with the family for Christmas and working with our physios. I'm disappointed to lose him, but it could have been a lot worse."
In a double boost for Leeds injured South African striker David Somma is taking his first steps towards returning to action after resuming light training.
The 26-year-old has yet to feature for the club this term after suffering a cruciate knee injury in July, but he could now be in line to feature in the New Year.
"He's had some good news from the specialist and is back doing a little bit of running," concluded Grayson.