The world champion heptathlete has been held back by an Achilles injury problem, and is one of a number of big names missing from Malcolm’s 41-strong British squad for next month’s European Indoor Championships in Torun, Poland.
Britain’s Head coach Christian Malcolm had admitted that he did not know if Johnson-Thompson, who had plans to return to training next month, would have taken part of the indoor season if not for the injury, he also insisted that there were no concerns over a bigger setback.
“We know she has picked up a bit of an injury,” Malcolm said. “The main focus for her has always been the Olympic Games.
“For any athlete right now, it is the ability to train which is the challenge, and travelling, so the safest option is just to stay focused on the end goal, which for a lot of athletes is the Olympics.”
Asked if the problem might dent the 28-year-old’s hopes of gold this summer, Malcolm added: “From what I know about the injury, at this moment, not really.
“For her, it is just about having more time to focus on the Olympics without any indoor distractions.
“I have no doubts about her being 100 per cent [in Tokyo]. But I don’t have a crystal ball, so I can’t go out there saying things might happen.
“I have no doubts at the moment, and there is not much more I can say about that. The ultimate thing is she has picked up this injury, she has decided to not do the indoors so she can focus on preparations for the Olympic Games.”
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