The 42-year-old suffered a small fracture to his shin and had his leg in a cast yesterday.
Levet, who lost a five-hole play-off to Ernie Els in the 2002 British Open at Muirfield, is to receive intensive treatment and will consult a specialist again later this week before making a decision on travelling to Sandwich for next week’s championship.
The former Ryder Cup player won his national Open by a shot from England’s Mark Foster and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen 25 years after first playing in the event.
He had already come through a qualifier at Sunningdale for the British Open, but now has a question mark over his participation just like Tiger Woods, who is out since mid-May because of knee and Achilles injuries, and Vijay Singh, who pulled out of last week’s US Tour event because of back trouble. Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal and big-hitting fellow Spaniard Alvaro Quiros have also withdrawn from this week’s event.