Oxford United midfielder Kemar Roofe will not require surgery on a shoulder injury, the club has confirmed.
The 22-year-old was injured in the League Two victory at Bristol Rovers on Sunday where he also scored a spectacular winning goal.
Head coach Michael Appleton said scans had revealed the injury was not as bad as first feared.
"He remains highly doubtful for the game at Northampton on Saturday," he told the club's website.
"But, if it settles like we expect it to, then it shouldn't be too long.
"We just have to ensure he can't cause any more damage by playing with it. You don't want to turn an injury that means you miss one game into one where you miss five or six."
Roofe has scored five goal in seven games so far this season for the U's, who are unbeaten in League Two with three wins and three draws.