Athletics: Toni casts doubt on Jess’ Moscow hopes

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Toni Minichiello has revealed the full extent of Jessica Ennis-Hill’s lack of preparation for next month’s World Championships in Moscow due to her Achilles injury.

The Olympic heptathlon champion from Sheffield has been struggling over the past couple of months with the problem in her left ankle, which has severely limited her training.

It means that despite taking part in last weekend’s Anniversary Games, where Ennis-Hill competed in the 100 metres hurdles and long jump, she hasn’t been able to fully work on several other heptathlon disciplines.

Minichiello, Ennis-Hill’s long time coach, says a decision will be made over the next 48 hours but is concerned that there is too much work left to do. He said: “There are some things we haven’t been able to do.

“She’s not done the high jump or 200m and 800m sessions. We need some feedback to see how she reacts to those.

“The injury is something we have to make sure doesn’t become a long term problem that has a long period of convalescence if she makes it worse.

“There are nine medals on offer after this - including the Rio Olympics - so we have to balance up what is in her best interests.

“We have worked together for a long time so there is an element of trust that the decision I make, after discussions with doctors and physios, will be the same one as she makes.

“We’d only compete if she has a realistic chance of winning.”

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