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Jamie Donaldson in line for swift return after chainsaw accident

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Jamie Donaldson could return to action as early as next week after escaping serious injury following a mishap with a chainsaw.

Donaldson, who secured the winning point as Europe defeated the U.S. at the Ryder Cup in 2014, posted a graphic photo on Twitter on Monday of the damage suffered to the little finger on his left hand while gardening.

It meant the 40-year-old was unable to play in this week's Abu Dhabi Championship, a tournament he won in 2013, but the Welshman will travel to Singapore on Friday after being given the all clear by specialist Mike Hayton.

Donaldson wrote on Twitter that he was "making progress" after having the stitches in his finger removed and posted another picture with the caption: "Looking a lot better, swinging a club fully ... no balls hit yet!"

The world number 49, who claimed his first victory in more than a year in the Thailand Golf Championship just before Christmas, will be keen to get back in action as soon as possible to boost his chances of making a second Ryder Cup appearance at Hazeltine in September.

He is not the first golfer to have suffered an accident with a chainsaw, with former world No.1 Greg Norman suffering nerve damage to his left hand while cutting wood in 2014.

Asked in Abu Dhabi if he owned a chainsaw, Donaldson's Gleneagles teammate Henrik Stenson joked: "Why? Do you have some trees you want me to cut? It didn't start last time I tried, so it's probably a good thing.

"I used to chop wood when I was a youngster. I had a couple of close calls with the axe as well. It's good fun to do something different and you feel like you're strong, lumbjeracking. But it can be dangerous and we've had a couple of my colleagues find that out."