German breaststroke ace Hendrik Feldwehr should have been at a fitting for his Olympic kit this week but was instead left wondering whether he would even make it to London 2012 trials in Berlin next month.
The swimmer from Bremerhaven damaged an adductor in his left hip during land training last week. Physiotherapy has begun after Feldwehr felt his hip crack during squats. "Hendrik dropped the dumbbell immediately - and we knew straight away that something was broken," the swimmer's coach Henning Lambertz told German reporter Sabrina Knoll.
The diagnosis was that nothing had torn but the injury was severe enough to cast doubt on Feldwehr making it to trials in Berlin three weeks from now: the swimmer can, according to his coach, barely run without pain - and cannot train. His day is spent between doctor's surgery, physiotherapy and the sofa, Knoll reports. Lambertz puts at 6 to 8 weeks the time required for such injuries to heal under normal circumstances.
His charge is more optimistic, telling Knoll: "On the one hand I am put rather positive and tell myself 'I can't simply change what happened - it is what it is. On the other hand, if I can't get in to train … you're left asking 'why now?'