"It's just a fracture, nothing bad, we're being very cautious right now," said Phelps in an interview with the swimming governing body FINA on Sunday.
"So I guess it is true you can get hurt on the golf course," joked the 28 year old Baltimore native, who won 18 Olympic golds and 26 world championships in his mostly stellar swimming career. Phelps did not indicate how he injured his foot, however his coach filled in details as to how the injury occurred.
"He hit his foot somehow in the house and then he did that golf tournament when he walked about 20 miles and got a little stress fracture," Bob Bowman told the Associated Press. That means Phelps can't blame the game of golf he played for the injury, just for aggravating it.
The swimming events started on Sunday, and Phelps said he was looking forward to being a spectator instead of a competitor. Phelps retired from swimming after last year's London Olympics.
"It's kind of weird being on this side of everything," he commented.
"It is a little strange to be out and about in public and dressed up but I am excited to be able to watch some of the swimming this week and not be I guess as nervous. This is going to be my first meet seeing people swim since I retired so it's going to be very different and I'm not sure how I'm going to react but I'm looking forward to it," Phelps added.
There has been speculation Phelps will return for the 2016 Rio de Janerio summer Olympics and if he is pondering getting back in the pool, Bowman says the stress fracture won't be a concern.
"I think he'll be fine. He can wait that out," Bowman said, laughing. "I don't think that's imminent."
Reference: Washington Post and Chicago Tribune
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