Olympic relay champion Mark Lewis-Francis will undergo further tests today to find out the full extent of the hamstring problem that has endangered his bid for world glory.
The Birchfield Harrier finished second in Saturday?s 100 metres final and qualified for next month?s world championships in Helsinki in the process but also sustained an injury to his left thigh as he strained to chase down the eventual trials and AAA winner, Jason Gardener.
The immediate prognosis did not look good for Lewis-Francis who was practically carried from the track with his leg heavily strapped, forced to ditch plans to run yesterday?s 200m and made to reconsider all of his preparations for the championships in Helsinki.
But after he spent the rest of the weekend in the company of UK Athletics doctor, Bruce Hamilton, concerns eased that he would not make it to Finland at all.
There is, however, a question mark over whether the 22-year-old will be fit enough to meet the planet?s best sprinters when they come to London for a Grand Prix on July 22.
That gives Lewis-Francis less than two weeks to recover and seriously limits the amount of time he undoubtedly needs to take on world record-holder Asafa Powell and Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin.
As inconvenient as his latest injury may be, everyone associated with the Darlaston-born athlete knows it could have been a lot worse.
Steve Platt, his coach, said: ?Mark is hopeful that the injury is just a slight strain rather than a hamstring tear. His appearance in the London Grand Prix must have a question mark over it at this stage but we remain optimistic that he will be fit to run in Helsinki.?
Lewis-Francis should find out tomorrow how early he can realistically expect to come back but Saturday?s defeat to Gardener means that, unless the selection rules change, he will not be going to Melbourne next year to stake a claim for a Commonwealth gold medal.
Speaking after his loss he was cursing his misfortune, saying: ?I was running strong and as I came up to Jason?s shoulder I went to go again and my hamstring suddenly went. I?m not sure what it is but I was definitely going past him.
?I had a pain behind the back of my knee all day and then in the final when I got on to Jason?s shoulder I felt it go.
?I have had a decent season this year to come to the AAA and get this I am definitely pissed off. I could have won that.?
His pained expression revealed the angst he felt at both losing and incurring an injury and he questioned the false start that saw his Athens relay team-mate, Marlon Devonish, disqualified.
?There are big questions about Marlon Devonish?s false start, if they let that race go I reckon I would have won that. I got out ahead of Marlon so I don?t know how he got disqualified.?
Lewis-Francis seemed to have a point because it appeared, to the naked eye at least, as though he was up and into his stride before the man from Coventry Godiva.
But a technical analysis showed that the 200m specialist had gone too early, leaving Lewis-Francis to his fate. Of which he will know more tomorrow.