Socceroos defender Brad Smith has received good news that he won't need surgery on the hip he injured in Australia's 2018 World Cup play-off win over Syria.
Smith was forced off early in Australia's 2-1 extra-time win, allowing the substitution of the influential Aaron Mooy, who was controversially started on the bench by coach Ange Postecoglou.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe previously confirmed Smith is set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines after an initial scan on the hip.
Smith has more recently seen a specialist, who gave him the all-clear to avoid going under the knife in surgery.
The 23-year-old is still unlikely to play again this year for the Cherries.
"Brad has seen a specialist," Howe told the Daily Echo.
"We think he won't need surgery but he is going to be out for a period of time."
Smith has made only five Premier League appearances for Bournemouth since his move from Liverpool last year and none in the 2017-18 season.
The Sydney-born full-back has only made two appearances for the Cherries this season, both starts in the League Cup.