QPR midfielder Kieron Dyer is set to return to training in "days rather than weeks", club physio Nigel Cox said Tuesday, despite going off injured barely five minutes into his debut in Saturday's home thrashing by Bolton.
The 32-year-old has endured a spate of injuries in recent seasons and against Bolton was stretchered off amid fears he may have suffered a serious foot injury.
Cox laid those fears to rest.
"The early indication we are getting is that the injury certainly isn't as serious as first feared," Cox told the club's official website, www.qpr.co.uk.
"At the time, Kieron said he felt a 'popping' sensation, so he understandably feared he had broken a bone in his foot.
"But you can have that feeling with ligament damage as well.
"At first we thought it was a fracture but we had an X-ray on the day and an MRI as well, and that's shown there is no bone fracture.
"We still had concerns that an important ligament - which can be a debilitating injury if missed - was damaged, so we had a further X-ray on Monday to rule that particular ligament out. Thankfully, that came back clear and there is no Lisfranc injury."
"We are cautiously optimistic at this stage. If it does prove to be what we believe it is, we are looking at him returning to training in days rather than weeks."