Ennis-Hill aiming for 2014 indoor season

Recovery is geared towards getting injured Olympic heptathlon champion fully fit for the 2014 indoor season, explains coach Toni Minichiello

MINICHIELLO and ENNIS (Mark Shearman)

Toni Minichiello, coach of Jess Ennis-Hill, has said the decision to withdraw the Olympic heptathlon champion from the World Championships in Moscow had to be made with the long-term in mind, with recovery now geared towards a return for the indoor season in 2014.

The 27-year-old heptathlete announced on Wednesday that she would be pulling out of the World Championships which begin in just over a weeks’ time as she continues to suffer with an Achilles injury.

Looking to the future, Minichiello highlighted further medal opportunities and explained any recovery process should allow Ennis-Hill to return fully fit to compete indoors next year.

“I’ve had to consider if competing at the world championships would cause further damage, making any rehab more difficult,” he said. “There are nine global medals up for grabs over the next three years not including Moscow. So a long term view has been taken.

“The next aim will be to unload the Achilles for a week or so and during this time gather more opinions about all possible recovery strategies. After which I will pull the team together to examine the way forward, but also examine how it happened in the hope we can avoid this going forward.

“The aim will be that any recovery process will make an indoor season possible in 2014.”

Ennis-Hill added: “Up until now we have been focusing on managing the pain so I can train and get myself in shape to go out there to win in Moscow – which has meant not focusing on finding a cure for the injury.

“The time has now come to stop chasing fitness and look to cure the problem.”

Also with sights set on the long-term is UKA performance director Neil Black, who added: “I know this has been a tough decision for Toni and Jess but I feel it is the right one with the long term view.

“They’ve worked hard to bring her to a point where she was close to competing and it was great to see her in action last weekend (at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games), but no-one wants to see her competing in pain, and we look forward to seeing her wear the GB & NI vest again in 2014.”

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