Forget Paris, now it’s all about South Korea for Sheffield’s all-round superstar Jess Ennis.
The risk factor finally proved too much for the multi-talented athlete as a lingering calf injury forced her to withdraw from the upcoming European Indoor Championships in the French capital.
A scan revealed some improvement on the injury she sustained on the second day of last month’s trials in Sheffield and the Grand Prix in Birmingham, but Jess and coach Toni Minichiello decided it wasn’t worth the risk.
Minichiello said: “Jess is devastated but we left it until the last minute hoping it would improve sufficiently for her to compete; unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
“It’s disappointing because Jess was in very good shape but I know we’ve made a correct and sensible decision.”
He expects her to be fit to resume full training in around two to three weeks’ time when preparation will switch to outdoor competition.
Jess will most likely target a heptathlon in Gotzis, Austria in May as a build up to the defence of her World Championship crown in Daegu, South Korea in September which has always been her main focus.