Manchester United central defender Rio Ferdinand is likely to be back in action in the near future, after a scan confirmed that he did not suffer a broken toe against Middlesbrough.
The Red Devils had feared that Ferdinand could miss the closing weeks of the season after being forced to limp out of the 2-2 draw at the Riverside, but they have been boosted by the eventual verdict.
A United spokesperson told the club's official website: "Rio went for a scan on Monday and we can confirm that he has not suffered any break."
United are already shorn of the services of Nemanja Vidic for at least the next two weeks and Sir Alex Ferguson opted to play Wes Brown alongside Ferdinand against Boro, with John O'Shea starting at right-back.
Ferguson commented straight after the draw on Teesside: "We got a few bumps and bruises, but we'll assess things on Monday.
"Hopefully Rio's injury isn't serious. He was limping for quite a while and the danger with carrying on with him was we weren't going to get a full performance level from him."