Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has eased fears he could be set for a month on the sidelines, after tests revealed his knee injury is not as bad as first feared.
The 31-year-old netted Barca's dramatic late equaliser against Espanyol on Sunday but sustained a knock during the second half of a fiery Catalan derby.
As reported by ESPN, the Spaniard underwent medical tests at the club's training ground on Monday to determine the extent of the injury sustained at Cornella-El Prat. The results show his injury is not as bad as first feared, with Pique now expected to only miss a couple of weeks of action.
However, Pique's absence from Thursday's Copa del Rey semi-final second leg at Valencia has been confirmed by his grandfather, who told Onda Certo via Sport: "The boy will be recovering from the blow he was given.
"Pique will be ready in eight to 10 days.
"He wanted to play but I think in the end he will rest."
Should the diagnosis of Pique's injury prove accurate, the centre-back could also be ruled out of the upcoming league games against Getafe and Eibar.
He could return to full fitness just in time to face Chelsea in the Champions League, with Barcelona travelling to Stamford Bridge for the first leg on 20 February.