Kian Emadi insists he still has the 2015 Track Cycling World Championships in his sights as he targets his comeback from injury.
Emadi has been forced to miss the National and European Track Championships as well as the opening World Cup round in Mexico after sustaining a lumbar disc pathology in early September.
The injury could not have come at a worse time with the 22-year-old having helped England win team sprint silver at the Commonwealth Games, alongside Olympic champions Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes, two months earlier.
In Emadi’s absence, Callum Skinner has stepped into the position, winning gold with Hindes and Kenny at the opening round of the Track Cycling World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.
But Emadi is not about to throw in the towel and after missing out on the podium at the 2013 and 2014 World Championships, he is determined to make it third time lucky at the next edition which kicks off in Paris in February.
“You take it day-by-day,” he said. “Stuff can go really well and you feel great or you can have a little bit of a setback so it's hard to put a date on stuff.
“The Worlds is the big target and if I can get some good work done before then I'll see what happens.
“It was frustrating. It happened at a time when stuff was ticking along nicely, I had good form and I felt really good about my training.
“But it's kind of the way of the world when you're going really well, you are breaking new ground each day and you put your body under additional stress.
“So if things are going to go wrong it can be at that time when you're under a lot of physical stress from good performances.
“I'm doing really well. I've been seeing Phil Burt, the (Great Britain Cycling Team) physio, a lot and he's been doing some great work and kept me in really good shape.
“I'm training, it’s a little bit modified to take care of the niggle but it’s going well.”
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