Leeds Rhinos have received a boost ahead of the Super League play-offs after it was revealed that captain Kevin Sinfield has not suffered a fractured cheekbone.
It had been feared that Sinfield may require surgery after he hurt his cheekbone in the defending champions' 18-10 victory over St Helens on Friday.
The goalkicking loose forward was sent for scans but further investigations have revealed the damage was limited to soft tissue.
Leeds are now saying that, depending on how quickly the swelling goes down during the course of the week, Sinfield could feature in Friday's match against Salford, the last of the regular season.
Rhinos coach Brian McClennan said: "We are all pleased for Kevin that the injury is not as severe as we first feared. He has seen the specialists and thankfully the news is good.
"Kevin is likely to be in our 19-man squad for the trip to Salford but we will make a decision later in the week as to whether we decide to give him a rest or not this week."
However, three Leeds players still face disciplinary hearings stemming from their bruising encounter with Saints at Headingley.
Keith Senior, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Kylie Leuluai must all face the Rugby League's disciplinary committee on Tuesday.