STAGS defender John Thompson did not break his leg during Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Cambridge, as was first feared.
Thompson missed most of last season after suffering a horrific facial injury in a pre-season friendly.
Fans and the club feared the worst when he was stetchered off on Saturday, with a probable broken leg the initial thoughts.
But late on Saturday night the Mansfield Town defender revealed on his Twitter account that his shin pad had saved him from a more serious injury and that he had suffered severe bruising.
He wrote: “Leg not broken, just heavy bone bruising! My shin pad saved me, buzzing!”