Athletics: Ennis-Hill targets indoor season for return

Jessica Ennis-Hill arrives to launch the World Triathlon Grand Final in Hyde Park. Pic: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Jessica Ennis-Hill arrives to launch the World Triathlon Grand Final in Hyde Park. Pic: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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Jessica Ennis-Hill has targeted the indoor season early next year for her competitive return from the Achilles problem that forced her to miss last month’s World Championships in Moscow.

The Olympic heptathlon champion pulled out of the Great Britain squad after the injury resulted in a below-par performance in the Anniversary Games in July.

Ennis-Hill, who yesterday unveiled a floating sculpture of a swimmer on The Serpentine in Hyde Park to celebrate the upcoming PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final, is undergoing rehabilitation and hopes to be back in action by February. “The rehab’s going well and I’m just building back into training. I think I’m on course, it’s just taking a little bit of time after backing off training and allowing it to heal,” she said.

“I’m having to take it as it comes at the moment, but my plan is to come back for the indoor season next year. I hope to do an indoor season.

“I can’t run just yet, but I’m doing bike and pool sessions to get my fitness back and get on top of this Achilles injury so it’s not an issue next year,” she said. “Now it’s a lot better in terms of pain. I was having pain when I was training and running and it was stiff and sore in the morning, but that’s settled down now so I can keep pushing on.

“I have the time now so I can make sure that I do things properly. My medical team are very aware that sometimes you can push it a little bit too much when you have an Achilles injury.

“That can leave you with a problem for years, so it’s about being sensible and making sure I get on top of it now so it doesn’t cause any issues in the future.”

Ennis-Hill insists withdrawing from the World Championship, a competition in which she won gold in 2009 and silver in 2011, was the correct call.

“I really wanted to be there and in the weeks leading into it I thought I’d be there, but then I’d have a setback. Then I’d be OK again and then I’d have another setback,” she said.

“It was really difficult to get to the point where I needed to be, but I know now it was the right decision.

“I needed to make sure that I can get it 100 per cent right so that I can carry on competing for a few more years.

“It’s always difficult to watch when you’re injured because I wanted to be there.

“But there were some amazing performances - Mo Farah won again and Christine Ohuruogu did well. I was proud of my team-mates.”