Hartlepool United have been handed a fitness boost after it was confirmed Carl Magnay's rib injury is not as bad as first feared.
The full-back was forced off midway through the first half of Saturday’s defeat to Notts County after picking up a problem battling for the ball in the run-up to Pools’ goal.
It was initially thought that Magnay had fractured a rib and would be sidelined for several weeks.
But X-rays carried out on Monday morning have confirmed that he has suffered only cartilage damage.
No timescale has yet been put on his return to first team action.
"We sent him for an X-ray for a suspected fracture but it’s turned out to be a cartilage injury which is the best possible outcome really," explained club physio Ian Gallagher.
"Although the chest X-ray came back clear we can’t really put a time-frame on him returning to action – we will just have to wait for Carl’s symptoms to settle down before we move him back towards playing."