World 100-metre record holder Asafa Powell said Saturday he expects to return to training on Monday after having stitches removed from a gashed knee ahead of next week's Melbourne Athletics Grand Prix.
The Jamaican was scheduled to run at the Sydney Grand Prix meet on Saturday but fell on stairs at home before arriving in Australia, sustaining a cut on his left knee which required four stitches.
Powell's agent Paul Doyle conceded that his star client will have suffered some muscle loss as he hasn't bent the knee for nine days.
A decision on whether Powell will run in the World Athletics Tour event in Melbourne on Thursday will be made after he has done some training.
"The doctor's going to take the stitches out this evening," Powell told reporters at the Sydney meet.
"I'll give it a day and then maybe on Monday I'll try some jogging or something.
"I'm not really missing much in training, it's an easy week.
"If I can run I will do it."