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Jason Gardener is adamant he will return to bid for a fourth successive European Indoor 60 metres title after preparing to undergo a back operation.


The 30-year-old Olympic 4x100m champion is seeing a specialist this weekend and expects to have early treatment which will see him in plaster for around two months. Gardener's recent career has been marred by the back problem and earlier this year scuppered his hopes of challenging for the Commonwealth Games 100m title.


He said: "My back is simply not getting better - every time I feel I have made progress it seems to flare up again. I think it is a wise thing for me to do, and I'm sure it will set me up for the indoor season."


He added: "The only diagnosis is rest - and that means missing the rest of the season. 


"I plan to then come back fired up and fighting fit for winter training and the indoor circuit.                


"It's frustrating not to have had any success this season after a couple of good years.


"Now I'm looking forward to more success at the European Indoors. It will be nice to be running in front of my home fans," said Gardener, already focusing on the championships in Birmingham next March.


Gardener has been much more successful as an indoor specialist where he has achieved global success as well as his three Euro victories - the former European indoor record holder claiming the 2004 world indoor crown having previously twice claimed the bronze.


Gardener also intends to have a wrist operation which has been troubling him for the last couple of years.

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