A disappointed Perri Shakes-Drayton needs season-ending knee surgery
Last Updated: August 22, 2013 2:10pm
Perri Shakes-Drayton: Knee surgery ends 400m hurdler's season
Perri Shakes-Drayton is being backed to return to top form next season after being forced to undergo knee surgery.
Shakes-Drayton faded quickly in the final of the World Championship 400 metres hurdles and it was revealed afterwards she had suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament as well as a knee cartilage tear.
The Londoner, so disappointed to let down her team and supporters, returned home from Moscow not long after the final and tests revealed that surgery would be necessary.
British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "Perri is working closely with the British Athletics medical team whose focus is very much to get her back into racing as soon as possible.
"She has had an incredible season, and it was a major disappointment for her that she suffered this injury in her first global final.
"We wish her well with her recovery and I have no doubt that she will be back on the track, in top form, next year."
Agent Jonathan Marks revealed his client was very upset at both the injury and the way her performance was assessed before the full extent of the injury became clear.
He added: "Perri is bitterly upset to have come away from Moscow without a medal and instead with a season-ending injury which she will have to undergo surgery on.
"We were surprised by comments from some sections of the media regarding the reasons for her performance in the final before the full extent of her injury was revealed.
"She was clearly in shock post race and given the seriousness of the injury it was incredible she actually got round the track.
"We know Perri will come back stronger from this and following rehabilitation will look forward to both the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next season."