Athletics: Jess on the mend after Achilles problem

Jessica Ennis is set to resume training
Jessica Ennis is set to resume training
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Jessica Ennis-Hill is set to return to training today after the injury to her Achilles tendon showed significant improvement yesterday.

However, coach Toni Minichiello said he wasn’t sure when the Olympic champion would compete next: “After missing the Diamond League this week I’ll have a look at the schedule. It’s likely to be an event in Estonia at the end of the month.”

The European Cup Combined Events, Super League, in Tallinn, on June 29-30 will be Ennis-Hill’s only heptathlon before the World Championships in Moscow later this summer.

Minichiello told The Star that the injury had been frustrating for the 27-year-old who stormed to victory in the Olympic Stadium last year but it was important that lasting damage wasn’t done.

He said: “We pulled out of the meeting in Edinburgh on Saturday quite late on because we thought the injury would settle down and be okay for the Diamond League in Oslo tomorrow.

“But it didn’t do it as quick as we thought so we’ve given it a few more days. Yesterday was a lot better so we’re hoping she’ll be training today.

“We’d rather she missed four days of training than make it a lot worse. You have to be careful with Achilles injuries.”

Since winning the gold medal in London, Ennis-Hill has competed just once - a low key meeting in Leeds last month.

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