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Powell says injured knee not serious

12 February 2008

World 100m record holder Asafa Powell has suffered a knee injury which has ruled him out of the Sydney Athletics Grand Prix on Saturday.

The 25-year-old who arrived in Melbourne on Sunday went to Australia with the injury after he stripped and cut his left knee running downstairs at his home before departing Kingston for the Australian series.

"Once a big guy like me falls on my knee itís not going to be pretty," the sprinter told reporters in Melbourne at a conference on Tuesday.

He said skipping the meet, however, is just a precaution ó citing that the injury keeps getting better and better. He hopes to compete at the Melbourne Grand Prix at Olympic Park on February 21.

"Hopefully itís going to be better soon," said Powell. "Now is not a bad time to get (the injury) because this week is an easy training week so itís not that bad."

"Itís getting better day by day soÖ Iím very confident about running. The good thing is that I am here and Iíve wanted to be here for a while now."

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