AN injury to Sheffield’s Husayn Rosowsky contributed to him losing his first-round foil match at the ExCeL and needing treatment.
The 21-year-old went down to Tunisian Mohamed Samandi, ranked two places lower than him at 58th in the world, 15-8 after suffering a thigh injury midway through the fight.
The contest was stopped for nearly 10 minutes at 12-6 and Rosowsky managed to take it into the final three-minute period, but could not find a way back.
Rosowsky said: “I had a bit of a hamstring injury - it happened about a week ago - but didn’t think it would bother me.
“As soon as I did my first lunge about a minute and a half into the contest I could feel it.
“I could have been better, but I’d not fought him before and he was very good. He surprised me.
“That’s the way things go in sport. Hopefully it’s fine for the team event on Sunday.”
Rosowsky, Richard Kruse and James-Andrew Davis are the three-man team, but reserve Laurence Halsted, the son of two Olympic fencers and the 2008 European silver medallist, can be brought on.