Heptathlon world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson will be out of action until March after sustaining an Achilles tendon injury in training at the end of the year but she says the issue has not affected her plans for the Tokyo Olympics.
The 28-year-old emerged as one of Britain's top gold medal prospects for Tokyo after winning the world title in Doha in 2019 ahead of Rio Olympics champion Nafi Thiam of Belgium.
Johnson-Thompson said she was recovering back home in Liverpool and that her protective boot was due to come off on Monday. She would then head to her training base in Montpellier, France.
Commonwealth Games
Johnson-Thompson retains heptathlon gold after sublime final-day display
03/08/2022 AT 20:26
"This is not the start to the year I was hoping for but I'm pleased to be able to share this off the back of a positive few weeks ... This news doesn't impact my plans for 2021, Tokyo is still very much the focus," she wrote in an Instagram post.
Johnson-Thompson finished 14th at the 2012 London Olympics and was sixth in Rio four years later. The Tokyo Games are due to begin on July 23.
Commonwealth Games
KJT leads heptathlon at Commonwealth Games following strong performances
02/08/2022 AT 21:28
World Championships
Johnson-Thompson changes coach ahead of World Athletics Championships
14/07/2022 AT 10:09