Walter Gargano has given hope to recovering earlier than expected from injury, as Napoli rule him out of action for as long as four weeks.
The club's official site reported earlier on Monday that the 27-year-old was facing as long as a month on the sidelines after suffering an adductor injury.
Picked up during the weekend's 0-0 draw with Cagliari, the damage was thought enough to rule Gargano out for key games against Udinese, Bayern Munich and Juventus that come up in the next month.
However, where the player confirmed the news to some extent via his Twitter account, he has also optimistically hinted that his absence could be as short as two weeks.
"Sprain At least 15 days stop before I return better than before. Thanks to those of you who are asking how I am."