Oh no – Jonathan Brownlee’s bad run of luck continues with the news that he’s just picked up a stress fracture of the leg on a training trip to St. Moritz, Switzerland, ruling him out of the Rio 2016 test event in just over a month’s time.
Jonny just tweeted:
Back from St Moritz earlier than I hoped. Got a femoral stress fracture. Hope to be back for Chicago! pic.twitter.com/66dRMuJ8iN
— Jonathan Brownlee (@jonny_brownlee) July 1, 2015
Jonny says in an official statement on the Brownlees’ Facebook page: “I’m obviously very disappointed. I raced really well in Auckland and the Gold Coast, and then was unlucky in London, so I was looking forward to a strong second half of the season.
“I need to focus on my rehab in the first instance and then gradually get back into some training. I’m not going to rush it because next year is a big year, but I will be doing what I can to be back for Chicago this year.”
British Triathlon’s performance director Brendan Purcell adds: “A scan has confirmed a stress fracture in his left femur, but it’s less severe than we initially thought. As with any injury, we’ll monitor his progress very closely because the response to rest and rehabilitation is highly individual. We’ll do everything we can to get Jonny back into training quickly, bearing in mind that next year is a crucial year.”
With three WTS races still to go (Hamburg, Stockholm and Edmonton) before the Grand Final in Chicago on 19 September, and with a deficit of more than 1,300 points behind current series leader Javier Gomez (ESP), this will be a serious blow to Jonny’s 2015 title ambitions.