Westwood optimistic after tests in hospital

LEE WESTWOOD was involved in a hospital drama in Paris yesterday, but still hopes to play the Alstom French Open today.

There was real concern for the world number three after he was initially told that swelling in his right calf and ankle might be a blood clot.

But after pulling out of the pro-am at Le Golf National – as Ian Poulter, Colin Montgomerie and Matteo Manassero did for different reasons – and being driven away with his wife Laurae, further tests brought good news.

Management spokesman Stuart Cage said: “The doctor has decided there is no DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or blood clot and that the problem has something to do with a reaction to the heat.

“Lee is going to have an anti-inflammatory dressing put on the muscle and, if he rests up tonight, then hopefully the swelling will go down and he will be able to play tomorrow.

“He is going to go to the course in the morning and make a decision then.” Westwood, who lost a play-off to Martin Kaymer last year, is this season skipping the Scottish Open, so this is scheduled to be his final Tour event before the British Open at St Andrews.

Poulter will also make a late decision whether to compete after reacting badly to an insect bite on his right shin.

The world number eight believes a horsefly might have been responsible while he was practising at Woburn.

“It was swollen yesterday and when I put my hand in my pocket I felt a big lump on my groin and knew it wasn’t right,” Poulter said.

“I went to the doctors, was given antibiotics and decided I was well enough to fly this morning, but that’s probably not done it any good.

“An English doctor said I should go and have an intravenous drip, but the French one did not think that was the right thing to do and has given me tablets.”

Montgomerie was under treatment all last week in Munich for both a torn calf muscle and achilles strain, and it came as no surprise when he decided to rest it yesterday.


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