Poole tweaks knee at bad time
IRONMAN Matt Poole is in a race against the clock to be fit for next weekend's Australian titles following a training mishap.
The injury occurred during the swim leg of the ironman sequence when he felt his knee "click" in a similar fashion to when he hurt his lateral meniscus two years ago.
"It wasn't feeling great so I went in (yesterday) and had some scans done," the Coast's number one ironman said.
"Fortunately, it is nothing too major and I don't need surgery or anything like that but it is tender and is sore to walk on."
Poole stretched his lateral ligament and twinged his meniscus and will have to stay off his leg for some time.
"It affects my training, my confidence and my preparation for Aussies, but it could have been a lot worse," he said.
"I can bend it to about 90 degrees, but have trouble when I go further than that."
The damage to his knee has prompted Poole to seriously reconsider what events he will contest at the national titles in Perth.
"I will probably have to minimise my program ... I have a few decisions to make," he said.
The surf titles commence at Scarborough on March 31 and end on April 6.