Arsenal defender Johan Djourou could make his return to action before the end of the season.
The 24-year-old centre-back suffered a dislocated shoulder during the recent FA Cup defeat at the hands of Manchester United and had been expected to miss the run-in.
However, the Gunners have now revealed Djourou may only be sidelined for a month, meaning the Switzerland international could be back in time to help the club in their battle with United for the Premier League title.
A statement on Arsenal’s official website read: “Johan Djourou has undergone exploratory surgery on his dislocated shoulder, sustained at Old Trafford in the recent FA Cup fixture against Manchester United.
“The club can confirm the positive news that there isn't a need for reconstructive surgery and he will now begin a period of rehabilitation on the shoulder before returning to training in around a month.”