Portsmouth's Noe Pamarot is hoping to back in first-team contention for the visit of league leaders Arsenal on Boxing Day.
The French full-back was forced off during last Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Spurs, and was expected to be out for the whole of the festive period.
However, scans have revealed that the injury is not as bad as first feared and Pamarot should only miss Pompey's trip to Liverpool on Saturday.
"It's not too bad. The physio thinks it will only take one week to heal rather than two weeks, so hopefully I will be available for the Arsenal game on Boxing Day," the defender said.
"It's a small tear. I felt something early in the second half and it wasn't worth taking a risk.
"If you risk it, it can be much worse. So hopefully, I will only miss one game."
Pamarot has been joined on the injured list by midfielder Sean Davis who has picked up a knock during training.
There is good news on the injury front though, as Linvoy Primus and Martin Cranie are both making encouraging progress from long-term injuries.
"Sean has now fully recovered from his hamstring injury but he took a slight knock during the week," said physio Gary Sadler.
"We took an X-ray and it revealed a bit of bone bruising but there's no fracture which is positive.
"We'll just have to wait and see if he'll be alright to feature at the weekend.
"Linvoy's knee is healing well and he'll be going to America in January so the surgeon can see how he's progressing. Hopefully he'll say it's time for the brace to come off.
"Martin Cranie is also recovering well from his leg fracture. We'll do a scan on him shortly and if it's positive then he can start doing some work in the swimming pool."