Phonak's South African sprinter Robert Hunter will be out of action for quite some time. After a recent examination at the university hospital in Tübingen, Germany, Hunter was diagnosed with peritendinitis, or inflammation of the inner tissue of the lower leg, directly below the knee. It's not yet known how long he will be out of action for, but he is optimistic that he will be back in action in three weeks.
"The injury will be treated with anti-inflammatory injections and physiotherapy," said Phonak doctor Thomas Klimaschka.
Hunter was disappointed that he couldn't help his team more in the Tour de France. "The team has a high morale and I was there to support them in coming up with good results," he said. "The most important thing now is for the injury to heal. But I hope to take part in the Tour of Germany, which starts in mid August."