GIVEN initial results from an ultrasound done yesterday, Asafa Powell's agent, Paul Doyle, believes the sprinter's season will most likely come to an end.
This follows the groin injury he suffered in the final of the men's 100m, inside the London Olympic Stadium on Sunday.
With an MRI, which was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. Jamaica time) still to be completed, Doyle told The Gleaner that the 29-year-old former 100m world record holder is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
He said tests showed damage to the adductor muscle, along with tissue issues, but underlined that Powell will certainly return next season for the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Moscow.
An MRI was also expected to be performed on his back, after the sprinter complained of spasms after the final.
Powell pulled up midway through the race as compatriot Usain Bolt successfully defended his title with a 9.63-second clocking ahead of World champion Yohan Blake, 9.75, and Justin Gatlin, 9.79.
Powell, who had to be helped off the track, suffered a similar injury at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships at the back-end of June.
This also rules Powell out of consideration for the sprint relay squad, which includes Bolt, Blake, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter and Kemar Bailey Cole.
Powell anchored Jamaica to a then World record 37.10 seconds for the 4x100m gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Doyle is, however, expecting Powell, who he says is extremely disappointed with the outcome, to bounce back ahead of the World Championships and is not expecting this latest setback to have much of a psychological impact on the sprinter.
"After he left the mixed zone, I was with him, and it wasn't long before he realised all that had happened and then both of us just kinda said, 'Well, next year we have to get ready for World Championships', so that's the plan," Doyle revealed.
"He doesn't plan on going anywhere and he is still a very capable sprinter ... and I still personally believe he can run personal best times.
"He is upset, he is upset about obviously the way things went last night (Sunday night's 100m final), but he is also upset that he cannot continue," Doyle said.
"He loves the relays and loves to run on the circuit. He was hoping to prove that he is still an athlete to be reckoned with, so for him to most likely end the season, it's going to be tough for him to take."
Continuing, Doyle explained: "Once we get him physically back, he will be fine mentally. The way he approached this Olympics, I was quite proud of him. The pressure was off because no one was really expecting anything of him because of the injuries that he had and all of that, but he went in and performed to the best of his ability.
"He expected and hoped for more, but the injuries that he suffered at the National Championships, it was going to be tough for him to come here and be in personal best shape, which he would have needed to accomplish what he wanted.
"I think next year no one will be expecting anything of him, and it will be on him to go out and run for himself and prove that he is still one of the greatest sprinters of all time," the agent added. "It was a tough night for Asafa, and I am proud of him for the way he handled it and I hope this will push him on for more years of greatness."
Prior to Sunday's 100m final, Powell, who ended eighth in 11.99 seconds, had two fifth place finishes in Olympic Games 100m finals.
He has also recorded the highest number of sub-10-second 100m times and has two World Championships bronze medals.
- André Lowe