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Injury rules Jessica Ennis out of Birmingham Grand Prix

Aviva UK Indoor Grand Prix
Venue: NIA, Birmingham Date: Saturday 19 February
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One and BBC Sport website (UK only) 1300-1630

Jessica Ennis

Ennis began the indoor season last month with a 60m hurdles win in Glasgow

Britain's world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis has withdrawn from Saturday's Birmingham Grand Prix because of an ankle injury.

The 25-year-old sustained the problem before last weekend's UK Indoor Trials and Championships in Sheffield.

Ennis' recovery has been slower than expected and she has opted to miss Birmingham with the European Indoor Championships in Paris on 4 March.

"I really want to be at my best for Paris," a statement from Ennis read.

"Under the advice of the UKA [UK Athletics] medical team, and in consultation with my coach, Toni Minichiello, I have decided that racing this weekend is not going to help the healing process.

"I am working with my team to prepare an intense treatment programme and am putting all of my energy into being in the best shape for the pentathlon on the 4 March at the Championships in Paris."

Ennis required treatment on her ankle following victory in the high jump in the indoor trials on Saturday.

She opted to miss the long jump and 60m hurdles on Sunday for treatment on her inflamed ankle, although progress has been slower than expected.

"Withdrawing from the Aviva Indoor Grand Prix is not an easy decision and I am really frustrated, but nipping injuries in the bud is really the best thing to do," she added.

The highly anticipated 60m race between Cuban Dayron Robles and world number one David Oliver will not go ahead because both athletes have pulled out of the meeting at the Birmingham NIA.

However, Britain's European and Commonwealth 110m hurdles champion Andy Turner is in action, along with world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu.

see also
Ennis starts season with fine win
29 Jan 11 |  Athletics
Sanchez set for historic hurdles
14 Feb 11 |  Athletics
Twell suffers bad ankle fracture
13 Feb 11 |  Athletics
Ennis withdraws over injury risk
13 Feb 11 |  Athletics
Idowu keen to shine at Grand Prix
19 Jan 11 |  Athletics
Chambers wins fourth indoor title
12 Feb 11 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
21 Apr 11 |  Athletics

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