Manager Ruaidhrí Higgins confirmed after last night's defeat at Shamrock Rovers, that the midfielder's injury wasn't as bad as first feared following results from Thursday's scan and he hopes McEleney will return in a couple of weeks.
The 29-year-old, who suffered a hamstring problem and had to be substituted during Monday night's scoreless draw with St Patrick's Athletic, has been in recent weeks really starting to find his feet since returning to his home town club from Dundalk, in the offseason.
McEleney has scored once for the Candy Stripes this campaign, the winning goal against Shelbourne, at Tolka Park, in March.
"Patrick will be out for a couple of weeks, which is good news, it's really good news," stated Higgins.
"We have got three games up until the break and he'll more than likely miss them three, but he'll be ready to rock when we come back."