Back injury ends Sotherton season

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Kelly Sotherton, the reigning Commonwealth heptathlon champion, has been ruled out of the summer track season because of a back injury.

The 33-year-old Birchfield Harrier missed the World Championships in Berlin last summer because of a heel problem and her latest setback means she will neither be challenging her British team-mate and rival Jessica Ennis at the European Championships in Barcelona in July, nor defending her Commonwealth title in New Delhi in October.

"I'm extremely disappointed not to compete this year," Sotherton said, adding, "there are some great events coming up this year and I wish my Great Britain team-mates the best of luck. I fully intend to compete in 2011 and am working towards that."