Manchester City have calmed fears over Micah Richards' fitness after revealing the knee injury he sustained during the Carling Cup win at Bolton will not lead to a lengthy lay off.
Richards had to be stretchered off in the second half of City's 1-0 victory at the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday evening after suffering a serious looking knee injury.
Initial estimates suggested the 19-year-old right-back could be a doubt for England's must-win final Euro 2008 qualifier with Croatia later this month.
However, City have revealed that Richards suffered no major damage and he is expected to be back in training in the not too distant future.
"Micah has bruised his medial meniscus cartilage in his right knee but there is no serious or long-term damage," a City spokesman told the club's official website.
"His condition will continue to be assessed on a daily basis."
After the win, Citizens head coach Sven Goran Eriksson had said: "Micah twisted his knee and will have a scan. Before that it is impossible to say if it is serious or not.
"I think he was hurt trying to turn. He says he will be fine, but let's wait and see what happens."