The Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth long jump champion has sustained a “small muscle tear”
Greg Rutherford has withdrawn from Saturday’s Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix due to a “minor injury”.
The Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth long jump champion had been due to go up against a field including Germany’s Paralympic long jump champion Markus Rehm and the head-to-head at the Emirates Arena had been highly anticipated.
Rutherford, who jumped a British indoor record of 8.26m in Albuquerque, New Mexico, earlier this month, took to social media website Twitter to explain that he had sustained a “small muscle tear”.
In a statement released by event organiser British Athletics, Rutherford said: “I was planning on competing in Albuquerque again last Friday, but decided not to jump due to some minor pain I’ve felt during my warm up routine.
“Unfortunately I’m still dealing with this and while it hasn’t been any easy decision, I have to withdraw from this week’s Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix.
“The atmosphere during the 2014 Commonwealth Games was fantastic and I’m disappointed that I can’t make it back to Glasgow, especially since my training was going very well. ”
He added: “It’s just a minor injury I’m dealing with, but you have to be smart in an Olympic year. With the help of my medical team I’m still hoping to be able to compete at the Indoor British Championships in Sheffield as I will have another week to be 100% healthy. In the meantime I’m sure my British teammates will show some great results in Glasgow.”