Injury ends Turner’s season but hurdler insists he will be back

Andy Turner announces he is out for the season after requiring a second Achilles operation

Andy Turner (Mark Shearman)

Although sad to admit his 2013 season is over, hurdler Andy Turner insists he still has plenty more to give and will be back.

The 2011 world championships bronze medallist has been battling a recurring Achilles problem and on Wednesday announced that a second operation he requires, scheduled for next week, will rule him out for the rest of the season.

“Sad to say my season is over, I’m having a second Achilles operation Tuesday morning,” tweeted the 32-year-old, adding that the surgeon is confident going under the knife again will finally put an end to the problem.

“Surgery sucks,” he continued, “but if it finally gets me back on the track pain free it has to be done.

“I love running and still feel I have plenty more to give.”

Turner had been aiming for August’s World Championships in Moscow after missing the 110m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and while training camps in South Africa and Florida earlier this year left him feeling positive he wasn’t able to compete indoors.

He returned for the outdoor season, clocking 13.94 and 14.11 over 110m in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands respectively in May, but pulled up in a 200m race at the BT Great CityGames in Manchester later on in the month, an event he had won the three previous years.

Among those sending well wishes via twitter was fellow 110m hurdler William Sharman, who was yesterday named part of GB’s squad for the European Team Championships in Gateshead on June 22-23.

In response to the messages received, Turner tweeted: “Thanks to everyone for the best wishes it really means a lot.

“I won’t let this persistent problem end my career, I WILL be back.”

Turner’s announcement follows the news that another hurdler, Andy Pozzi, has also had to end his season because of injury.

The 21-year-old, who required surgery to his foot to rectify a navicular injury, has said he is ‘absolutely committed’ in his efforts to recover fully and come back in 2014 in great shape.

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