Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed that Stephen Ireland will be out for "a few weeks" after suffering a broken bone in his wrist.
It was initially feared that the midfielder had broken his arm during the 4-1 defeat to Southampton last Saturday and may be facing several months on the sidelines.
But thankfully for Ireland, who has been enjoying a new lease of life at Villa recently, he should be back in action much sooner that first expected.
He will still be forced to take some time out, however, after doctors diagnosed a broken bone and placed his wrist in a protective cast.
"It's not Stephen's arm. It's his wrist. I don't think it's as bad as we thought. Hopefully he will be back in a few weeks' time," Lambert said.
"Injuries happen. It's unfortunate for Stephen and it's unfortunate for us, but he won't be out for the number of weeks we thought he would be."