Dover winger Tom Murphy is facing an anxious wait before he discovers the extent of his hamstring injury in an MRI scheduled for Friday.
Murphy was carried off on a stretcher after what he describes as 'lunging' after the ball in a bid to keep it in play 20 minutes into the Vanrama National League clash with Kidderminster Harriers at Crabble on Tuesday.
He admitted he knew he was in trouble when he hit the ground.
Murphy said: "I felt it pop but when I tried to get up I just couldn't move at all and the pain was excruciating.
"It was a real worry because I couldn't do anything but lay there. There was no chance of me trying to walk off, none at all."
Murphy says he was driven home where his mother, a nurse, iced it but it was far too painful to even attempt making upstairs to his bed.
He said: "I spent a restless night on the sofa but it felt a lot better when I woke up in the morning, a lot better.
"I went from not being able to walk at all, to walking, so that's a positive sign."
Murphy went to hospital on Wednesday for an ultrasound and is hoping his MRI on Friday won't reveal any major damage.
He said: "The way it feels at the moment, I am hoping it is just a minor pull and nothing more serious than that but you just don't know with hamstrings.
"At this stage I could be facing four weeks out but if it's anything more, well, I will just have to deal with it."