Scunthorpe United manager Nigel Adkins has allayed fears that club captain Izzy Iriekpen needs a groin operation.
The 26-year-old defender has been troubled by the injury for some time and could miss Saturday's game at Cheltenham Town.
Adkins said: "It's a muscular injury and we need to make sure we strengthen it sufficiently.
"We'll reassess it and monitor him and go from there with him."
The former Swansea City player missed last week's Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory against Grimsby Town with the problem which resurfaced during Saturday's game with Crewe Alexandra.