One of Singapore's brightest swimming talents could see her hopes for SEA Games gold cruelly dashed by injury.
Breaststroke specialist Samantha Yeo has dislocated her right knee with a little more than two months to go before the SEA Games begins in Myanmar on Dec11.
A favourite for the 100m and 200m breaststroke golds in Naypyidaw, the 16-year-old slipped and fell a week ago while doing some dry-land exercises on her own.
She told The Straits Times: "I was definitely looking at the two gold medals at the SEA Games.
"I was prepared.
"When I had the fall, the first thought I had was that my coach would be upset.
"The second was what's going to happen at the SEA Games.
"I was just shocked when my right knee was dislocated.
"What am I going to do?"
The injury, known in medical terms as a patellar dislocation, typically requires a few months to recover fully.
Her doctor has suggested surgery but Samantha, who has been out of the pool for the past week, is seeking a second opinion as she is not keen on having to go under the knife.
Said the swimmer, who is still unsure about her return to training or competition: "I have no idea but I'm not going to rush back into full training.
"I want to let it heal properly and see where it goes from there as I don't want to make this a long-term injury."