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Ennis vows to make up for lost time

ESPN staff
April 29, 2011
Jessica Ennis has been struggling with an ankle injury © PA Photos

Jessica Ennis admits she is still in the dark over her latest injury but is determined to make up for lost time as she continues her preparation for London 2012.

Ennis missed the European Indoor Championships with an ankle injury and admits she has been hugely frustrated not being able to stick to her training regime. However, she believes her latest setback has only made her more determined to train harder.

"I get really frustrated," Ennis told The Times. "I have a plan of what I have to do and every day goes by is another one lost. A week goes by and the plan is scrapped. I have to think that plan does not exist any more.

"I have days when I don't want to go training, but this is such a unique thing to do. It's not a nine-to-five job I want to get out of, and now I've been injured I appreciate it more. I know how much I miss it. I want to train even harder."

Now 25, Ennis admits she expects to become more susceptible to injuries as she gets older, but having already endured her fair share of setbacks, she believes the broken ankle that ended her Olympic dream in 2008 has only made her stronger.

"The trouble is I don't think we know, 100 per cent, what caused the [latest] injury," she said. "I'd ask if I could be running in two weeks and nobody could give me a definitive answer. At least before Beijing I knew I was out and had a timescale to get back. But that experience helped; that was ten weeks on crutches and another three before I could run.

"I'm getting older and have been doing this a long time now. I expect things to go wrong. I expect to get injured. I'm over the hill."

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