Rice cut back on her butterfly training in a bid to avert aggravating an inflamed right shoulder.
However, her coach Michael Bohl is confident the problem is not serious, and will not prevent Rice from contesting her heavy program at the trials, starting in Sydney on March 17.
"It just flares up from time to time," the Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying.
Bohl even revealed that Rice had the same problem with her shoulder leading into the Beijing Olympics, but it had settled with physiotherapy.It has been lingering a little bit, she has had it on and off. It (the bursa) gets inflamed and causes a little bit of aggravation when she recovers," Bohl said.