Chelsea expect Ashley Cole to play again this season after the England international defender was diagnosed with posterior cruciate ligament damage.
The left-back was injured during last Wednesday night's Premiership clash with Blackburn when he twisted his left knee - and it was feared he may be ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
However, a scan has revealed the 26-year-old does not require surgery - and the club's official website tonight said he is expected to feature again this season for the Blues.
However, the player is almost certainly out of the England squad for next week's international with Spain at Old Trafford.
Cole was carried off on a stretcher during the second half of Chelsea's 3-0 victory last night.
The former Arsenal defender trapped his studs in the turf as he attempted to control the ball and went down in agony clutching his left knee.