World heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis has been causing pain while recovering from her own injury.
Sidelined from full training for seven weeks while UK athletics medical staff investigated inflammation to the plantaris muscle in Ennis’s left leg, her coach, Toni Minichiello, says the 25-year-old has been tough to deal with.
He said: “Truthfully, she’s been a pain in the bum. She’s whinged like never before. It’s been, ‘why am I always injured? Why is this happening?’
“Jess is very impatient and always wants things to happen now. During that time she’s still been training though, doing different things.
“It has given us chance to assess what we’re doing, what we can do better and how we can do things to increase the longevity of her career.
“She’s 25 now, so she’s roughly two thirds of the way through her career, if we look at Rio (Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016) and maybe beyond. Some of the things we’ve learned during this time will help us train smarter into the future.”
Minichiello said there was no reason to risk competing until the source of the pain had been identified and dealt with. He said: “Whenever there is pain you don’t want to risk anything.
“If it had been the Olympics then, yes, she would have taken pain killers and being able to compete.”
Ennis returns to action on May 15 at the Manchester Great City Games.