Judo - Judoka Williams sweating over fitness

London 2012 judoka Danny Williams is keeping his fingers crossed that injury won't stop him from shining on the European stage this season.


The 23-year-old was in action at the British Judo Championships in Sheffield earlier this month, winning his first three bouts in the men's under-73kg category.

However Williams was defeated in his fourth by an armlock, which has left him needing a scan to determine the extent of injury suffered.

And with the European Open in Tblisi coming up next month, as well as the European Championships in Budapest in April fast approaching, Williams is hoping he is not kept off the mat for too long.

He said: "I got caught in an armlock in my second match and didn’t tap quickly enough. I'm getting an X-ray and I'm hoping it will not affect the season.

"A common injury when you are armlocked is it can tear some of the bone away. I am hoping it is just ligament stretching.

"I hope I can still compete in Georgia. It is a really good event because it is in the heart of Eastern Europe.

"It's such a small country and Judo is their national sport so they go crazy for it.

"But if it needs surgery it will rule out the next few months so that would be the European Championships missed as well."

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