Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is hoping to avoid surgery after breaking his nose his midweek.
The 21-year-old is likely to face Everton on Saturday despite picking up the facial injury while on international duty with Spain this week.
But Fabregas, who was a 16th minute substitute in Wednesday's 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Belgium, is hoping the break will not necessitate a lay-off
"There is a fracture but it has not come away from the main partition in the nose," he said.
"After the game it was pretty swollen, but I hope this will not prevent me from playing.
"We will have to see if it continues being okay and that I don't need an operation."
Meanwhile, Fabregas has denied making critical comments suggesting there is a lack of experience in the squad assembled by Arsene Wenger this season.
"Arsene has built an unbelievable squad here," he told the club's official website. "We have great spirit and I have complete trust in the manager's policy.
"Arsene is the best at giving youngsters a chance. No-one else comes close to him for that. He doesn't care how old you are, as long as you are good enough and he has the confidence to give young players a chance.
"Anything said to the contrary is simply not true and I would like to reiterate to all Arsenal supporters that I am 100 per cent behind the team and the manager."