Sir Alex Ferguson claims Antonio Valencia could be back in action by the end of February.
The Manchester United winger was stretchered off on Tuesday during United's 0-0 Champions League draw with Rangers after suffering a broken ankle following an innocuous incident involving Kirk Broadfoot.
Initially, Ferguson said Valencia would miss the remainder of the campaign.
However, it now appears the damage is not quite as bad as the United boss feared.
"You can never be 100% accurate in these situations and it is a bad injury, but we are looking at the end of February, which is better than we thought on Tuesday," said the United boss.