London 2012 star Jessica Ennis-Hill has set her sights on a successful Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year after admitting her injury troubles have been a source of frustration.
Ennis-Hill, who was forced to sit out of August’s World Championships in Moscow due to a niggling Achilles injury, is not back in full training yet.
But all signs point to a complete recovery and the possibility of a full indoor season should the heptathlete’s progress carry on in the same manner.
Ennis-Hill has not enjoyed sitting on the sidelines for so long but with the finishing line in sight, she insists her main goal for 2014 is the first Commonwealth Games gold of her career.
“The Commonwealths are definitely something we’re targeting,” she said. “It’s the main competition of the summer next year so we’re definitely targeting that.
“It’s very frustrating when you can’t do your job and what you do on a day-to-day basis, not being able to train like I normally do and prepare the way I would like to
“You always worry and you never quite know how long the recovery is going to take. It’s part of sport, you pick up injuries and they come whenever they decide so you’ve just got to take it as it comes and move on.
“I really want to do an indoor season but it’s still a question of seeing how the next few weeks go and if I can be ready to really be competitive by then.”
One British heptathlete emerging as a real contender for Ennis-Hill is Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who finished fifth at the World Championships.
Ennis-Hill believes there is much more to come from the 20-year-old and has backed her to break her British record of 6955 points – which was set in London last year.
“Kat is extremely talented and she’s been improving year on year,” Ennis-Hill added. “She’s got lots of time to develop as an athlete and I’m sure eventually she’ll get that British record, you don’t have it forever unfortunately.
“She’s really close to a podium at one of the major events. I think the World Championships were a good championships for her, she had some great personal bests and came away with fifth place.
“I know she was a bit disappointed with that but she has got so much time, she’s still young and has a lot to develop within her events.”
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