Andy Turner has revealed his season is on a knife-edge as he battles a recurring Achilles problem.
The 2011 world championships bronze medallist has suffered from a series of injuries over the last year and had his Achilles tendon removed after missing out on the 110metre hurdles Olympic final.
A disrupted 2012 season led almost inevitably to heartbreak and since then Turner has been left with ‘one good foot and one bad one’.
He even joked he has had so many injections in his feet that they don’t register pain any more. Still, there is hope he could yet make Moscow and the world championships in August.
And while there’s hope the 32-year-old is willing to try. ‘I’m not saying I won’t make the world champs but it’s an uphill struggle,’ admitted the Sutton athlete.
‘The surgery I had after the Olympics was supposed to fix things and one of my feet is absolutely fine. The other one has got worse, though.
‘I was hoping after the pressure of the build-up to the Olympics that I’d be able to have a couple of seasons pain-free and enjoy competing again.’
Turner has ploughed on through the agony to compete in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands so far this season but limped out of the 200m hurdles at the BT Great CityGames in Manchester.
He has been at training camps in South Africa and Florida this year, all the time working to put his injury woes behind him, adding: ‘I’m a family man and I have to pay the bills. I know there’s a long-term fix but at 32 how long is the long-term?
‘I have to take it a week at a time at the moment and I’m trying to look to the future and get my personal training business off the ground for when I retire.
Turner’s semi-final time of 13.42seconds in London saw him miss the final he had set his heart on for so long. But in the aftermath his ongoing Achilles problem put the situation into perspective.
‘London was big pressure for all British athletes and everyone wanted to produce their best – that didn’t happen for me,’ he said.
‘I would have been happy to have made the final and done myself justice. But once I had surgery I thought that would be that. I wanted to put the fun back into racing but it doesn’t always work out like that.’