James out of Glasgow 2014

Becky James has withdrawn from next month’s Commonwealth Games through injury.

The 22-year-old Welsh sprinter was forced to undergo minor surgery in May and although the procedure went well, she picked up a knee injury upon her return to training.

James had been set to compete in the individual sprint and 500m time trial in Glasgow.

In a statement, she said: \"Unfortunately I will be withdrawing from the Team Wales Cycling squad for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. The reason for this is a knee injury sustained following a period of medical rest.

"In May, I received abnormal results from a routine smear test, and following the biopsy results I underwent minor surgery, which I'm pleased to say was successful. The surgery, however, meant two weeks away from my usual training regime.

"Following the rest, in an effort to make up for lost time, I aggravated a knee injury that will rule me out of the Games. I'm terribly disappointed I won't be competing in Glasgow, I still hope to be in Glasgow cheering the team on, and wish the entire team the best of luck.\"

The track cycling events at the Commonwealth Games take place from July 24-27.