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Pozzi suffers injury setback

Andy Pozzi is set to miss the entire outdoor season after suffering yet another major injury setback.

The 21-year-old has not raced outdoors since pulling up in the heats of the 110 metres hurdles at the London 2012 Olympics.

He had appeared back to his best during the recent indoor campaign, setting a 60m hurdles personal best on the way to finishing fourth at the World Indoor Championships in March.

But the Bath-based athlete will now be out of action until the new year, ruling him out of the Commonwealth Games and European Championships, after suffering an injury to a bone in his foot while gearing up for Friday night's Diamond League opener in Doha.

Pozzi, who will undergo further assessment next week, said: "After missing much of last year through injury it's really hard to face that I will miss the outdoor season. After running so well in the indoors, I felt ready to continue my improvements to the 110m hurdles this summer.

"As difficult as it is to take this setback, I will take strength from the way I've come back more competitive against the world's best, despite previous injuries and a lack of racing."

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "It's heartbreaking for Andy as he was coming into good form and looked set to put himself amongst the very best this summer.

"However, the determination he's shown in the last few years can only mean he will come back into the fold mentally and physical stronger."