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Katarina upset after injury forces her to withdraw

By Robert Jones

Katarina Johnson-Thompson has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow due to a foot injury, Team England have announced.

The 21-year-old said she was "absolutely devastated" to miss the Games, in which she was hot favourite to win gold in the women's heptathlon.

Johnson-Thompson is still hoping to recover in time to compete in the long jump at the European Championships in Zurich next month.

Johnson-Thompson said: "I'm absolutely devastated that I'm not going to be able to compete at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. I was so looking forward to competing in another home Games and this time as one of the favourites."

Johnson-Thompson added: "The Commonwealths was a key target for me this year and I was feeling so good in my preparation up until this week so this is a real blow.

"My season so far with a World Indoor medal in the long jump, winning at Gotzis and becoming World number one in heptathlon had really given me the confidence going in to the Games that I could post a big score and hopefully come away with that gold medal – but sadly it's just not meant to be.

"All the advice is telling me that I risk long term damage if I compete in a heptathlon in just over a week's time and I have to take that advice for the sake of my career.

"I really hope to be able to compete in the long jump at the European Championships next month but it doesn't take away how gutted I am that I won't be at the Commonwealths – particularly after all the amazing support I have already received."

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "We're really disappointed for Katarina, but the key thing is ensuring we don't risk her long term career.

"We're confident that with treatment and management she will be able to compete in Zurich."

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