The injury sustained by Ross Killock at Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night isn't as bad as first feared, says Chester FC boss Jon McCarthy.
After being dogged by a persistent hamstring problem since signing for the Blues in the summer, Killock made his first appearance of the season at Moss Rose when he replaced the injured Theo Vassell in the 62 minute.
But the Yorkshireman's comeback lasted just 10 minutes as he overstretched when going for a challenge and landed awkwardly, bringing an cruel and premature end to his return.
But despite initial fears that the former Leeds United man could be set for a further lengthy spell on the sidelines, McCarthy insists that the Blues will be able to get the 22-year-old fit.
"We feel like there is a mechanism to this injury," said McCarthy.
"There were some issues but we fixed that and did a lot of work on it and sent him to some people. He has trained for four weeks solid so actually it was an incident in the game where he has overstretched and it would have happened to any other player. Before we felt like there was an imbalance in his body.
"It is not like going right back to pre-season. It is something that I think can be fixed quite quickly and we can get him back to playing as soon as possible."
The Blues have issues at full-back for the visit of Lincoln City on Saturday (3pm) with Vassell a major doubt, Killock out and Evan Horwood nursing an injury.