Greg Rutherford will not defend his long jump title at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and targets summer season for possible return

Greg Rutherford's plan to return from a seven-month injury lay-off has been scrapped after he ruled himself out of April’s Commonwealth Games on Monday. The former Olympic long jump champion has not competed since injuring his ankle in June – an absence that has already cost him the chance to defend his world title at London 2017. He then underwent hernia surgery in August before targeting the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast but his hopes of defending his title in Australia have now been shelved, with the 31-year-old deciding he has not had enough time to prepare.

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