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Sotherton takes cautious approach

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Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kelly Sotherton has shrugged off fears her season will be wrecked by a nagging back problem.


The heptathlete, who won Olympic bronze for Great Britain in Athens, will bid to qualify for the European Championships at the Norwich Union trials in Manchester next week. But the back problem, discovered only after she won Commonwealth gold in Melbourne in March, has left her well behind in training.


The 28-year-old said: "There is a lot to be done at Manchester and it will be a big test that weekend. The back injury has not cleared up. I just have to be careful what I do as it can flare up at any time. It is not going to go away."


"It occurred when I fell over the javelin a couple of years ago and since then I've had problems with my back. If I twist badly it will reappear.


"Halfway through (the Commonwealth Games in) Melbourne my back was very sore and I struggled through the last two events. Then when I got back I discovered I had a back fracture.


"So all of April and May I have slowly been getting back into training. The first real training session didn't take place until the middle of May which meant I was six or seven weeks behind in my training. I could have an operation to cure the back problem but I don't want to go down that road. Perhaps I might consider it after I've completed my career."

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