National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz believes world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei’s ankle injury may not be as serious as it seems.
He, however, admitted that they will have to conduct further scans to be sure.
Chong Wei injured his ankle on Tuesday four minutes into his Thomas Cup tie against Denmark’s Peter-Gade Christensen, forcing him to withdraw from the tournament.
“I’ve received the MRI scan which Chong Wei did in China and it will take a day or two to study it before we know how severe his injury is,” said Dr Ramlan.
“We’ll also need to do further scans to get a clearer picture of the injury and give him the proper treatment.
“Hopefully, there will be no need for surgery.
“All I can say now is that it’s correct that he’ll probably need to rest for three to four weeks.”
Chong Wei arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6.45pm yesterday and struggled to hold back his emotions once again as he fielded questions by the media.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said Chong Wei will need a miracle to recover from his injury and be fit in time for the London Olympics in July.
“We’re all very sad that Chong Wei has suffered an injury that will hamper his Olympic preparation,” said Shabery.
“We don’t know how long he’ll need to recover and it’ll probably be a miracle if he does make it in time.
“He’ll have the best treatment possible and, most importantly, there is no pressure on him to recover fast.”