Jessica Ennis-Hill is to miss the indoor athletics season after suffering an Achilles injury while training.
The reigning Olympic and world heptathlon champion has not put a timescale on her recovery but said she hoped to be able to enjoy a full outdoor season, starting at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis in late May and building up to the Olympics in Rio.
Asked if the injury puts her participation in Rio in question, Ennis-Hill said: “At this stage I’m hoping that’s not the case. We’re still in February. There’s a lot of time before the Olympics.
“I’ll be going away and sitting with the medical team to go through everything. Hopefully it won’t impact on my summer.”
The 30-year-old has suffered persistent Achilles problems in the past.
“We need to work out how long I need for rest and recovery but I very much want to have a full season,” she said.
“As an athlete it’s so frustrating to get injuries at any time of the year, but we are still in February so maybe a little bit of rest is not a bad thing.”