Wigan, England – Wigan midfielder Ben Watson will not have to undergo surgery on the broken leg he sustained in his team's 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, meaning he could return before the end of the campaign.
It was initially thought that Watson could miss the rest of the season after he was injured in a challenge with Liverpool's Raheem Sterling.
However, tests have revealed that the damage to Watson's leg is not as serious as originally thought, meaning the 27-year-old will begin his rehabilitation without having to undergo surgery.
"It's not as bad as it could have been, that's for certain," Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said of Watson's injury. "It's still a very serious injury and we need to ensure that Ben is given all the time that he needs to make a full recovery.
"The good news is that he won't be out for as long as we initially thought and with the character that Ben has, he will be able to deal with such an injury."
Watson has scored one goal in eight league appearances this season for Wigan, which sits two points above the relegation zone.