ALBION's medical team have confirmed that the injury suffered by Craig Dawson in last weekend's trip to Southampton is not as bad as first feared.
The results of scans show that 'Daws' will not require surgery but is expected to miss eight weeks of Premier League action.
The versatile defender was forced off late on against the Saints with a knee problem amid concerns that he may have suffered cruciate ligament damage.
But Dr Mark Gillett, Albion's Director of Performance, was left 'heartened' by the final injury verdict.
"The injury gave Craig a serious thigh muscle bleed and a torn knee capsule," said 'Doc'.
"It's a serious injury but we are heartened that it's already showing an improvement and surgery is not required."