Hearts received a welcome boost today as scan results revealed no damage to midfielder Arnaud Djoum's knee.
Riccarton medical staff and manager Craig Levein feared the Cameroon internationalist would be sidelined after finishing Saturday's match against Hamilton with fluid on his knee.
However, Djoum underwent a scan on Tuesday and the results are clear. There is no damage to any ligaments and he even has an outside chance of playing this weekend when Motherwell visit Tynecastle Park in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
"The good news is the injury isn't as bad as we feared," manager Craig Levein told the Evening News. "No damage has been done so we're all feeling positive about that. Arnaud is feeling a bit better so we will assess him and see how he is ahead of the weekend."
Although Levein regards Djoum as a key player, the 28-year-old won't be pressed into action against Motherwell if he is not fully ready. Hearts face a hectic period of three games in eight days against Motherwell, Dundee and Celtic, and they won't want to risk a further setback for Djoum.