Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says striker Harry Kane could return from injury early than expected.
The striker was initially feared to be facing around eight weeks on the sidelines but it is understood it could now be closer to six, raising hopes the 23-year-old could play in the north London derby against Arsenal on November 6.
“Half an hour ago, we received the information about the scan. It’s much, much better than we expected,” Pochettino said.
“We are happy, it was very positive, the scan. We’re very, very happy about this news but still we cannot give a time of how long it’ll be to recover.
“I am not a doctor, it’s hard to say one, two, three weeks, but it’s much, much better than we expected.”
If Kane was to recover in time for Arsenal, he may also be in contention for England’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland five days later.
Tottenham will have to do without their star man in the brand new CSKA Arena, however, where they are looking to register their first Champions League point in Group E following an opening defeat to Monaco at Wembley.
This will also be the first time an English club has played in Russia since violence erupted among fans of the two countries this summer at Euro 2016.
Only around 250 Tottenham supporters have bought tickets for the game and Spurs have advised them not to show team colours, flags or banners until inside the stadium.