Real Madrid midfielder Wesley Sneijder faces around three months out of action after suffering a serious knee injury in a pre-season clash with Arsenal.
The Spanish champions had feared that Dutch international Sneijder, 24, could be sidelined for most of the current campaign, but they have been boosted by the verdict after a scan.
A short statement on the club's official website read: "After an MRI on Monday morning, it was determined that Wesley Sneijder had only damaged his left internal lateral ligament and that his anterior cruciate ligament remains fully intact.
"Wesley is expected to miss three months, during which he will undergo orthopaedic treatment and rehabilitation."
Sneijder moved to the Bernabeu a year ago and scored nine goals in 35 appearances in a successful first campaign with Real.