No hurry for Ennis after injury

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JESSICA Ennis, the poster girl for the 2012 London Olympic Games, will not be rushed back into action following her latest injury setback, Toni Minichiello, her coach, has confirmed.

The Sheffielder pulled out of the forthcoming European Indoor Championships because of an ankle injury.

The World and European heptathlon champion had an MRI scan, her third since the injury occurred in mid-February, and opted to withdraw from Friday’s pentathlon.

It means Ennis, who missed the 2008 Olympic Games due to a triple stress fracture in her foot, will now turn her attentions to regaining her fitness for the World Championships in South Korea.

“You can’t put on a substitute in athletics,” Minichiello told The Star. “You are on your own and you have to be 100 per cent.

“It is all or nothing on one lady so we have to make sure Jess is completely right, particularly when she goes up against the best in the world.

“It is incredibly important if Jess has got any niggles to get rid of them now because we want her to be completely ready for the world outdoors. That is the important prize this year.

“We have a great medical team around Jess and a team who supports her. I don’t think we have made any bad decisions since 2008. I think we are a very good at crisis management and we will continue to make the decisions that we have up to this point.”

Ennis said the ankle is improving on a daily basis but added: “I just don’t want to risk any further damage to my ankle and calf. I could potentially get through the pentathlon with medication, but there is no guarantee that it will not worsen as a result.”