Manchester United are concerned that midfielder Paul Pogba may have aggravated the ankle injury which caused him to miss a considerable part of last season, but there is hope that his current issue is a separate, less significant problem.
Pogba managed just 22 appearances in all competitions last year, 14 of which came after lockdown, as he battled an injury to his right ankle which ultimately forced him to undergo surgery in January of this year.
As of yet, there is nothing to suggest that Pogba has aggravated his old injury, with United doctors hopeful that he has simply picked up a new issue, but the Red Devils are proceeding with extreme caution so as to avoid risking any additional damage.
He has not been officially ruled out of Sunday's meeting with Southampton just yet, but United are understandably not rushing his return and will give him all the recovery time he needs.
The message from United is that Pogba is not facing a significant period on the sidelines, but it will all come down to how the 27-year-old responds in the build-up to Sunday's trip to St Mary's Stadium.
Pogba will be keen to avoid aggravating his injury as he is already going through what he described as a 'tough spell' at Old Trafford.
The midfielder has managed just 11 appearances this year, but only five of those have come as a starter, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer often dropping Pogba to the bench and asking the Frenchman to play in various different positions once he enters the game.
There has been no space for Pogba in a deeper role on the team sheet as Solskjaer has preferred Fred, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay, while the in-form Bruno Fernandes has ensured there are no spare minutes behind the striker.
Pogba is facing a battle to force his way back into United's starting lineup, so he'll be hoping that whatever injury he has picked up will not keep him out of action for too long.