David Alaba has escaped what was suspected knee ligament damage during Bayern Munich's 5-0 German Super Cup win over Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend, with the club confirming on Monday he suffered only heavy bruising.
The Bavarians started their campaign in the best possible style, with a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick and a goal from Kingsley Coman putting the reigning league champions out of sight, before the Austria international tangled with Danny da Costa and was subsequently forced off the pitch following lengthy treatment.
After the victory, there were concerns that the defender's injury would see him sidelined for around six weeks - with it thought ligament damage was the most likely diagnosis.
However, in a statement released on Bayern's official website, the club ruled out such an injury and revealed Alaba had sustained only heavy bruising.
"David Alaba has suffered a severe contusion of the left knee joint on Sunday evening in the Supercup victory of FC Bayern in DFB Cup winner Eintracht Frankfurt," the statement read. "A ligament injury could be excluded.
"The joint is now immobilised and checked and treated daily by the medical department of the German record champions.
"When Alaba can start again in the training operation, should be decided depending on the healing process from day to day."
Despite no specific date labelled as to when Alaba will begin training again, it is thought the Austrian will be unavailable for a matter of days rather than the aforementioned six weeks speculated.
Whether the Allianz Arena favourite will return ahead of Bayern's first Bundesliga outing against Hoffenheim, however, remains to be seen - with both a friendly against Hamburg and the first round of the DFB-Pokal scheduled before their league curtain-raiser on August 24.