Tottenham boss Martin Jol believes his decision to leave Jermaine Jenas out of his squad to face Arsenal last week could have saved the midfielder's season.
Jol decided that it would have been unfair to risk exacerbating the player's shin complaint, especially given the fact the World Cup is on the horizon and Jenas still holds an outside chance of being named in Sven Goran Eriksson's England squad.
"After training on Friday he had a lot of pressure on his shin,'' said Jol.
''Maybe it's the start of a little hairline fracture - so he couldn't play. But hopefully he'll be okay for next week.
"I think we pulled him out at the right moment because he could have played maybe 45 minutes and then he would have been out for the season."
Meanwhile, striker Mido's permanent switch to the capital could be in jeopardy due to injury and Spurs' inability to concur on a deal with Roma.
Jol has always insisted that Mido must stay fit if he is to join the UEFA Champions League chasers on a permanent basis.
A knee problem has kept Mido out of Tottenham's last three games and there are fears that he may not play again between now and the season's conclusion.
In recent weeks Spurs have been trying to thrash out a deal with their Italian counterparts but his agent has suggested other clubs are threatening to muscle in.
Jol admits Mido is struggling and that he is not overly confident that the Egyptian will be returning any time soon.
''Mido couldn't even do a fitness test, it was too painful on his knee - not his groin,'' said Jol.
''At first it was his groin but he came back and now it's his knee."