Jessica Ennis-Hill hopes to return from injury in time for the indoor season

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Olympic heptathlon champion Ennis-Hill was a late withdrawal from the British squad headed to Moscow after failing to find the form which set the Olympic Stadium alight in 2012. 

An injury to her Achilles curtailed her 2013 season with her only comeptition coming in April at the Leeds Metropolitan University Invitational and in July at the Loughborough EAP Meetings and the Sainsbury ‘s Anniversary Games. Ennis-Hill is undergoing rehabilitation and hopes to be back in action by February.

‘ ‘The rehab ‘s going well and I ‘m just building back into training. I think I ‘m on course, it ‘s just taking a little bit of time after backing off training and allowing it to heal, ‘ ‘ she told Press Association Sport.

‘ ‘I ‘m having to take it as it comes at the moment, but my plan is to come back for the indoor season next year. I hope to do an indoor season. ‘ ‘

The 27-year-old Olympic champion is taking he appropriate care to ensure that her Achilles doesn ‘t become a recurring problem.

‘ ‘I can ‘t run just yet, but I ‘m doing bike and pool sessions to get my fitness back and get on top of this Achilles injury so it ‘s not an issue next year, ‘ ‘ she said.

‘ ‘Now it ‘s a lot better in terms of pain. I was having pain when I was training and running and it was stiff and sore in the morning, but that ‘s settled down now so I can keep pushing on.

‘ ‘I have the time now so I can make sure that I do things properly. My medical team are very aware that sometimes you can push it a little bit too much when you have an Achilles injury.

‘ ‘That can leave you with a problem for years, so it ‘s about being sensible and making sure I get on top of it now so it doesn ‘t cause any issues in the future. ‘ ‘

Ennis-Hill is insistent that her withdrawal from the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, a competition in which she won gold in 2009 and silver in 2011, was the correct decision.

‘ ‘I really wanted to be there and in the weeks leading into it I thought I ‘d be there, but then I ‘d have a setback. Then I ‘d be OK again and then I ‘d have another setback, ‘ ‘ she said.

‘ ‘It was really difficult to get to the point where I needed to be, but I know now it was the right decision.

‘ ‘I needed to make sure that I can get it 100 per cent right so that I can carry on competing for a few more years.

‘ ‘It ‘s always difficult to watch when you ‘re injured because I wanted to be there.

‘ ‘But there were some amazing performances – Mo Farah won again and Christine Ohuruogu did well. I was proud of my team-mates. ‘ ‘


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First published on: 11 September, 2013 12:00 am

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