WUHAN, China — Badminton's world number one Lee Chong Wei was put out for up to a month with a torn ankle tendon at the Thomas Cup in Wuhan Tuesday, casting serious doubt over his Olympic title bid in London.
"It is a torn ankle tendon, not a rupture. He will be out for about three to four weeks," said Tey Seu Bock, Malaysia's singles coach. "He will go back to Malaysia as soon as possible for another MRI scan.
"It is still OK for the Olympics," Tey said, adding that Lee was "more upset about not contributing to the team at the Thomas Cup."
But with the London Games starting in July the injury is a major blow to Lee's preparations, already hampered by a shoulder problem, a bout of influenza and a series of disappointing results this season.
"Our biggest enemy is not each other but injury," said Lee's arch-rival and world number two Lin Dan, who took gold ahead of the Malaysian at the Beijing Olympics four years ago.