Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill could be forced into delaying her return to the track until the World Championships in Moscow next month according to The Times.

The 27-year-old Brit has not competed since her London heroics last summer, with a reoccurrence of an ankle injury keeping the star from beginning her season.

The injury has left Ennis a frustrated figure, having to pull out of meetings in Edinburgh, Oslo and Tallinn at the last minute to save causing further damage that could delay her return by even further.

But she has made clear that the World Championships are her main priority and she hopes to ensure the ankle has fully recovered before they begin on August 10.

Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello has previously stated that while competing in a heptathlon before Moscow would be useful, it is not necessary.

Speaking to BBC Sport last month he said:"Jessica does not need to do a heptathlon before Moscow - but it would have been useful.

"However, given her ankle is making slow but steady progress and things are looking much better we don't feel it is worth rushing it.

"My job is to get her to Moscow in one piece, and in good shape, and that is my priority."

British athletes prospects next month continue to worsen with Olympic triple-jump champion Greg Rutherford having pulled his hamstring at the Diamond League meeting in Paris on Saturday. While 400 metres hurdles world champion Dai Greene has fallen ill with a virus.

British athletic fans will be wishing them a speedy recovery ahead of the World Championships next month.

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