SAVANNAH Marshall’s Olympic games preparations have been interrupted by an elbow injury.
The teenage Hartlepool boxer had been due to fly out to Bulgaria with the Great Britain team for the Strandja Cup in Sofia.
But Marshall, a winner in Sweden last month against Norway’s Lotte Lien, has been grounded by a persistant elbow injury, which is likely to keep her out of action for around six weeks.
Her Headland ABC coach Tim Coulter said her absence from the international tournament is not the end of the world.
“Her elbow is killing her,” Coulter told SportMail.
“She is not fully fit, so she shouldn’t go – if this was the European Championships then it might have been different, it may have been the case of having to grin and bear it.
“But there was no point sending her to Bulgaria if she’s not fully fit.
“Savannah just needs to give it a rest and get some physio.
“She’s seen specialists but this injury is just a case of wear and tear – she hits so hard that her elbows are bound to be affected.
“Savannah is fit and she can still keep training – this is not going to stop her running. But this problem needs rest and physio and she starts seeing the physiotherapist today.”
Marshall’s GB team-mate and fellow Poolie, Amanda Coulson, has not been selected for this tournament in Bulgaria, the team bosses have instead sent her lightweight rival, Natasha Jonas.