A relieved Murray Davidson will not have to face another year out of the game.
The St Johnstone midfielder has strained his cruciate ligament and will miss around three months of football. But the fact that it wasn’t ruptured or torn was positive news.
Davidson, who had ruptured his other cruciate two seasons ago and has had several other injuries to deal with since then, was disconsolate on the flight back from Armenia.
The club physio feared the worst after he was forced off the field against Alashkert when he landed awkwardly.
But his spirits will have been lifted by the fact that he could be back in a Saints shirt by the autumn.
Manager Tommy Wright reported: “We’ve had some good news about Murray in that he hasn’t torn or ruptured his cruciate ligament.
“He’s stretched it and has some bone bruising but there’s no major damage.
“It still means a while on the sidelines and the physio reckons he’ll be out for about three months. But that’s a much better scenario than the alternative.
“So although Muzz is going to miss some football it’s good news because he’ll be back a lot sooner than it might have been.”