Tom Daley a doubt for World Series tester in Guadalajara, Mexico
PLYMOUTH'S Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow return to action today, but fellow Olympian Tom Daley is a doubt for the first of two back-to-back World Diving Series events in Guadalajara, Mexico.
European champions Couch and Barrow take to the top board in what is expected to be a high-class women's platform synchro final.
Couch is also competing in Sunday's individual 10m platform event.
They will be in a confident mood after winning bronze in their last major outing – the recent Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix.
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But Daley's chances of being fit in time to give a good account of himself in Sunday's overdue showdown with world champion and China's Qui Bo remains in the balance.
Daley has suffered a recurrence of the chest infection which has dogged him all winter, causing him to miss training on Wednesday.
However, no final decision has been taken by the medical team, with Plymouth Diving's Great Britain coach Andy Banks saying they would 'play it by ear' to see if the teenager can shake off the condition.
Banks said: "The girls are looking good and have trained normally ahead of today.
"Tom's had a day off because of the infection and although he's back in training, he is keeping it quite light.
"However, what he did in training looked great – so watch this space.
"I suppose the best at the moment is that we're hopeful, rather than sure if Sunday is going to be better for Tom.
"It's slowly, slowly, catchy monkey, but we are going to try some 10m today and see what happens.
"Tom, as is his way, is fighting his hardest to get fit and chomping at the bit to compete, but his prep has been impaired, so it's going to be interesting."
Banks added: "We have probably the five strongest teams in the world out here and remember, we (Great Britain), were fifth at the Olympics."
Daley and Bo have not competed against one another since last year's Olympic Games in London, when the city star bagged bronze and Bo took the silver.
Reigning European champion Daley has made his mark in this year's World Series, winning a gold medal in outstanding fashion in the British leg of the tour, at Edinburgh's newly-refurbished Commonwealth Pool.
If Daley cannot compete this weekend, it will be the second, successive time on this month's American round of world-class meets.
An elbow injury sidelined the former world champion from competing at Fort Lauderdale, and diving's growing band of fans were denied the chance of a duel between Daley and London Games' gold medallist David Boudia.
Daley's enforced absence in Florida did have one upside, as it allowed Couch and Barrow to steal the limelight with a sparkling display in the synchro.
Banks feels the first two places will be a straight fight between world superpower China, and fast emerging Malaysia, with Couch and Barrow in with a good shout for a bronze medal.
He said: "Realistically, China remain out in front and Malaysia seem to be ranked second at the moment, while the Mexicans have beaten us once this year and are on home turf.
"Canada have their top team here but we are diving okay so it's an on-the-day thing.
"The girls are up for it."