Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich is set for two months out after undergoing successful surgery on a knee injury.
The German managed just 36 minutes of the recent 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund before being forced off with the injury, and there were initial fears that Kimmich may be sidelined for a while with the midfielder requiring surgery.
Fortunately, Bayern took to their official website to confirm that everything has gone as smoothly as possible, and medical officials at the club believe Kimmich will be available for selection in the new year.
"We're glad that Joshua will probably be available again in a matter of weeks," said director Hasan Salihamidzic. "We'll support him in his rehabilitation as best we can."
Kimmich had been playing out of his skin before the injury. Now a permanent fixture at the base of Bayern's midfield, the 25-year-old managed three goals and seven assists in his 11 appearances before the injury brought his season to a halt.
It was Corentin Tolisso who came on against Dortmund to stand alongside Leon Goretzka in Bayern's midfield, but Hansi Flick also has Javi Martinez and summer signing Marc Roca who are capable of playing in that position if needed.
Bayern find themselves in the midsts of something of an injury crisis right now; alongside Kimmich, defenders Niklas Sule, Benjamin Pavard and Alphonso Davies have all been missing in recent weeks, while forward Joshua Zirkzee has been isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.
Despite those disruptions, Bayern still find themselves top of the Bundesliga table, having won six of their seven games so far this season.
Saturday's meeting with Dortmund was a real test of their credentials, especially after Kimmich was forced off early on, but goals from David Alaba, Robert Lewandowski and Leroy Sane were enough to steer Bayern to a comeback victory.