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Athletics: Jessica Ennis-Hill out for up to four months

Last Updated: 02/08/13 5:12pm

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Jessica Ennis-Hill: Out of action for months

Jessica Ennis-Hill: Out of action for months

Jessica Ennis-Hill could be out for almost four months as she battles Achilles and heel problems that forced her to pull out of this month's World Championships.

The Olympic heptathlon champion competed in the hurdles and the long jump at last weekend's Sainsbury's Anniversary Games.

But she was clearly struggling and made the decision not to compete in Moscow.

"Achilles tendons are awkward and there's a period of rest (involved)," Ennis-Hill's coach Toni Minichiello told the BBC.

"If we're lucky then we're looking at a 12 to 15-week recuperation period.

"When she didn't respond well after the London Diamond League, the position was that it didn't make sense and you're probably going to cause her more damage and lose the remaining years of her career to struggling with the injury.

"As a coach I'm not prepared to take that kind of risk, so decisions are made and we pulled her at that stage."

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