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Injury scare won't force Ennis to miss Euros

ESPN staff
February 16, 2011
Jessica Ennis pulled out at the halfway point of the UK Indoor Trials © PA Photos

Jessica Ennis is set to miss the Aviva Grand Prix on Saturday due to an ankle problem, but she is confident of recovering in time for next month's European Indoor Championships.

The world heptathlon champion was forced to withdraw from the UK Indoor Trials in Sheffield last weekend at the halfway stage after suffering from a tender left ankle.

Although scans have indicated no fracture, she will turn to revolutionary ice therapy in a bid to eradicate the problem while it is still in its infancy.

The 25-year-old was afflicted by a similar complaint a year ago, but she recovered to win the world indoor title three weeks later.

"I'm going to get problems along the way and it's a case of managing them," she told the Times. "I have had an annoying niggle on the side of my left foot over the past week. A scan revealed there is no damage and it is a bit of inflammation. My coach and I decided that rest would be best."

Elsewhere, Commonwealth 1500 metres bronze medallist Steph Twell has been ruled out of the entire summer season after fracturing her ankle during a cross-country race in Belgium on Sunday.

The 21-year-old faces a race against time to return to top shape before the 2012 Olympics, where she will be one of Britain's brightest hopes for a track medal. "The injury has some complications and it's going to be a long haul," said her coach Mick Woods.

"There will definitely be no World Championships for her. She may be up and running in the summer but there is no way she will be able to race."

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