COLM O'Neill's knee injury, sustained in Cork's Munster SFC semi-final win over Tipperary in Thurles on Saturday evening, is not as bad as first feared.
The 29-years-old star forward suffered a cartilage tear following a scan and will be out for four to six weeks.
Cork's next game is the Munster final against either Kerry or Clare on June 23 and the Ballyclough player is clearly in a race against time to be fit.
Cork are one of the teams tipped to make the Super 8s, which start on the weekend of July 14-15, and O'Neill would expect to be ready by then.
It was feared initially that he had suffered another cruciate injury, having had three in the past.
O'Neill suffered the first with his club in 2008 and had two more with Cork against Galway in 2011 and Donegal two years later.
Cork fans will breathe a sigh of relief that O'Neill has finally had some slice of luck and the injury isn't as serious as thought.