Constantine Louloudis' hopes of competing for Great Britain at the London Olympics appear to have been ended by the back injury which has prevented him from competing all season.
Louloudis, 20, had been pencilled in as the stroke of the men's eight after taking a year out of his Classics degree at Trinity College, Oxford to focus on his Olympic dream. But the man described by Matthew Pinsent as "a beast" had to withdraw from the first two World Cup regattas, and GB Rowing confirmed on Wednesday he would not race in Munich later this month either.
The way is technically still open for Louloudis after Britain only named seven of their men's eight - plus cox Phelan Hill - at Wednesday's official British Olympic Association squad announcement, but head men's coach Jurgen Grobler said: "He is still in the stream but we have to move on and I think all the guys who rowed in the eight in the last two World Cups need our respect and we will not wait for Louloudis."
He went on: "We have to do it with the guys we have around now. If he shows some performance there might be a chance but we have to move on. We are not holding a place for Constantine."
The likely replacement for Louloudis is Marcus Bateman.
"The guys in the eight now have to feel it is their seat, not that they are holding a seat for somebody," said Grobler. "This is a big chance for Marcus, who has switched from sculling to rowing.
"He missed out on selection in the quad and this is a second chance. He is physically one of our strongest athletes."
In Louloudis' absence, James Foad will stroke the eight at the final World Cup regatta in Munich - the last international competition before the Olympics.
There are also question marks over the final make-up of the women's eight, with 10 athletes named by the BOA at Wednesday's official announcement in the shadow of Windsor Castle.
Louisa Reeve, Annabel Vernon and Natasha Page all returned to the boat at the second World Cup regatta in Lucerne and have been named in the swollen crew-list. Vicky Thornley raced in the quad in Lucerne but she is now favourite to stroke the Olympic eight, while Lindsey Maguire is also in the mix having missed the last regatta through injury.