Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson hopes to have influential defender Johnny Taylor back within two weeks.
There were fears that Taylor had broken his foot in last week’s 3-2 Irish Cup quarter-final win over Harland and Wolff Welders.
The former Glentoran centre half had an X-ray on the damaged foot yesterday and Ferguson admits the initial results are positive.
“It’s good news for Johnny. There is no break and the injury isn’t as serious as first feared,” Ferguson said.
“The initial prognosis is he should be back in two weeks.”
Ballymena play Portadown in the semi-finals of the Irish Cup on March 21.
The two sides will meet at the Oval to see who will progress to the showpiece decider.
“All being well, he will have recovered in time for the semi-final,” Ferguson added.
“Johnny’s an important player for us, so it’s very positive news.
“We weren’t sure what the X-ray would show up, and it seemed a bad injury initially.
“But hopefully he can recover in the next two weeks and be back for the cup game.”
Ballymena travel to Stangmore Park for Friday night’s Danske Bank Premiership fixture against Dungannon Swifts (7.45pm).
Ferguson has warned his players not to be distracted by the club’s forthcoming Irish Cup semi-final as they look to ease away from any potential basement battle.
“We won’t be taking our foot off the gas in the Premiership,” he said.
“The cup game is only two weeks away but we have two big league games before it comes around.
“So we won’t be focusing solely on the Irish Cup. We want to pick up as many points as we can in the league.”
Ballymena will be without suspended captain Allan Jenkins for tonight’s league trip to Dungannon Swifts.