Arsenal defender Johan Djourou may yet be able to play again this season, according to the Swiss Football Association.
The centre-half looked set to miss the rest of the campaign after dislocating his shoulder during Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Manchester United.
However, those initial fears of Gunners manager Arsene Wenger look to have been eased after extensive tests, and the 24-year-old could be back in action by the end of the month.
A statement from the Swiss FA on their website read: "The shoulder injury to Johan Djourou is less serious than feared on Saturday and announced by the coach of his club."
The statement continued: "The Arsenal defender and member of the Switzerland national team was submitted to thorough medical examinations on Monday. At the end of a long exhausting day, Johan Djourou had new hope that his season is not over yet."
Djourou, who missed nearly all of the 2009/10 season with a serious knee injury, has not suffered any fractures, while ligament damage is suggested "not to be in a serious condition".
With Thomas Vermaelen yet to feature since the end of August because of a niggling Achilles injury, the early return of Djourou would be a boost to the Gunners as they look to salvage their season by delivering the Premier League title.