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Injury forces Hoy from worlds

Chris Hoy

Chris Hoy (Image credit: Rob Evans)

Chris Hoy will miss this month's UCI Track World Championships in Pruszkow, Poland, as he continues to recover from a hip injury sustained in a crash. Hoy crashed at last month's World Cup event in Copenhagen, Denmark during the closing stages of the keirin final.

"I'm hugely disappointed that I'm not going to be riding in the Worlds," said Hoy. "I've been really lucky in my career so far and this is the first time I've had to miss a major championship event due to injury. I'm glad it didn't happen this time last year and I'm still totally focused on being in the best shape possible for London 2012.

"This doesn't affect my long term aim of defending my titles and I'll hopefully be back in training and competition in the near future. I wish the team the best of luck in Poland."

Hoy had modified his training programme and received ongoing treatment to his right hip since the crash. He has since been advised by the British Cycling's medical team that he should stop training and riding his bike, in order to allow his hip enough time to heal properly and to avoid further damage.

"This type of injury is quite serious and pretty rare," said team doctor Dr Roger Palfreeman. "It's called a degloving injury and it's when the skin and the underlying tissue and fat get separated from the underlying muscle. The tissues are not bound down as they should be, which has created a space for fluid to collect in.

"The fluid can be drained off, but every time Chris exercises or gets on his bike, the tissues are tearing again and the fluid's coming back in to that space. He needs to give himself a decent amount of time to let the injury heal, which is why we've advised him not to compete in the Worlds."