Injured athletics star Andy Turner vows his career is not over

Great Britain's Andy Turner in action during the mens 60 metres Hurdles final during the Aviva International at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 28, 2012. See PA story ATHLETICS Glasgow. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Great Britain's Andy Turner in action during the mens 60 metres Hurdles final during the Aviva International at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 28, 2012. See PA story ATHLETICS Glasgow. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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Hucknall’s number one athlete, Andy Turner, issued a defiant message this week after ruling himself out for the season because of injury.

Turner (32), who competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will be sidelined by another operation on his troublesome Achilles tendon that he is to undergo next Tuesday morning.

It means the 110m hurdler will miss the World Championships in Moscow later this year and also the London Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium. But he insists his career is NOT over.

“I won’t let this persistent problem end my career,” Turner told his 16,664 Twitter followers.

“I still feel I have plenty more to give, and I will be back.

“Surgery sucks but if it finally gets me back on the track, pain free, it has to be done. The surgeon is confident it will finally end my problems.

“Thanks to everyone for their best wishes. They mean a lot.”

Turner, whose family home is on Nottingham Road, Hucknall, is the best athlete Hucknall has ever produced.

He was European and Commonweath champion in 2010 and won a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships

He has represented Britain at three Olympic Games -- in Athens in 2004 when he failed to progress past the heats, in Beijing in 2008 when he reached the quarter-finals, and in London last year.

Turner reached the semi-finals in London before a disappointing performance that he partly blamed on his Achilles injury.

In surgery that followed, Turner had both his Achilles tendons scraped and his plantaris tendon removed.

He then made steady progress at training camps in South Africa and Florida. But the moment he put on his spikes, the pain returned.

After a couple of races, he was in agony and it was back to square one with his doctors and physios.