Plymouth table tennis star Wetherill in danger of missing his first tournament of the year through injury
TABLE tennis star David Wetherill could miss out on his first big tournament of the year through injury.
Paralympian Wetherill, who suffers from a condition which impedes the growth of his long bones and joints, is suffering from a groin injury.
The problem could put paid to the Torpoint student's participation in the Italian Open next week.
He said: "I'm not sure what I'm doing at the moment – I'm supposed to be in Italy next week, but I'm not sure if I'm going or not.
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"I'm just going to wait until the weekend to see how it goes."
He added: "It's a re-occurring thing which I've always had.
"I've got a misshapen hip and it's probably something to do with it.
"The Italian Open is the first big tournament of the year and obviously I'm gutted if I miss it, but there will be other tournaments.
"There's another one coming along in May and that's only in a few months.
"Maybe the best thing I can do is to just rest it and see what happens. I can hardly walk at the moment."
Wetherill said the injury had come at a time when he felt he was doing with at his game.
He said: "I have been training pretty sharply and playing well.
"The thing that worries me that if you're out for a long gap, you lose all your reflexes."
Wetherill, meanwhile, is planning to spend more time in the Plymouth area after reaching an agreement with his coaching team.
The Great Britain international is at present training in Sheffield, but he said: "My new training plan is to come to Plymouth more in the future.
"I'd love to be back home and I've come to an agreement with my performance director that I can spend more time there.
"The idea is that I go back to Sheffield perhaps one week a month and the rest of the time in Plymouth.
"I don't think I would lose anything in training anyway, because we've got (South West coach) Paul Whiting down there and players like Vicky Smith, so there's plenty of people to train against."
Wetherill, who appeared in the Beijing and London paralympics, was born with a bone condition called multiple epiphyseal dysplasia.
He has confounded doctors' predictions that he would be in a wheelchair by now, saying that table tennis has helped him defy his condition.