Wales flanker Martyn Williams will not require surgery on an ankle injury he suffered during Cardiff Blues' win over Ulster on Friday night.
The hugely experienced openside left the field early during the 16-15 victory at the Arms Park and it was feared that he would need an operation before he could return to action.
However, a scan has revealed that is not the case, although Williams has torn a ligament on the inside of his left ankle.
The 33-year-old is expected to be back playing in time for the Blues' opening European Cup pool fixture against Calvisano on October 11.
That would see the 81-times-capped former Pontypridd man remain in contention for a place in the Wales squad for the forthcoming autumn internationals against South Africa, Canada, New Zealand and Australia this November.
The 2017 RBS 6 Nations was watched by record numbers of fans
29 March 2017, 12:25pm
After an enthralling RBS 6 Nations Championship of twists, turns, and no small amount of drama on the last day, figures show the RBS 6 Nations is going from strength to strength, year on year, with no sign of slowing down.