Chelsea are confident that left-back Ashley Cole will play again this season after the knee injury he sustained against Blackburn Rovers proved not to be as serious as was first feared.
Cole suffered the problem when catching his studs in the Stamford Bridge turf during the second half of the 3-0 win over Rovers on Wednesday evening.
However, a subsequent scan on the problem has revealed that an operation will not be required.
A short statement on the club's official website read: "Ashley Cole had a scan on his injured knee.
"It was confirmed that surgery was not necessary on the posterior cruciate ligament injury, so it is expected he will play again this season."
Blues boss Jose Mourinho was concerned that the injury was a major one straight after the game, having commented: "I don't exactly know what Ashley has done, but it is serious, it must be because he cannot walk.
"The injury is in the knee and we have to wait to find out exactly what it is. I am not sure how he did it, but he has a problem with his knee ligaments.
"We have Wayne Bridge, but we have one less option. We can't use him as a winger, only as a left-back. We will have to make do without Cole."