German high jump star Ariane Friedrich will likely miss the 2011 season because of an Achilles tendon rupture that is preventing her from training.
The IAAF World Championships bronze medallist suffered the injury during a training session last week, which forced her to underwent surgery in a Frankfurt hospital.
And it is now believed that Friedrich will skip the upcoming campaign, including the world championships in Daegu, South Korea.
She will now turn her attention to the 2012 London Olympic Games.
“I will be back in top form for the Olympics,” Friedrich was quoted as saying in Bild daily.
The German coach Guenther Eisinger also backs her making a successful return from the left-foot injury, but vow to not risk her chances with a quick fix.
“We will not rush back to training,” Eisinger said in the German Press Agency dpa on Tuesday.
“It is important to have a goal. We are convinced that we can make it to the Olympic Games in London.”
The reigning European Indoor champions was set to open her 2011 international indoor campaign at the second leg of 7th Moravia High Jump Tour in Hustopece, Czech Republic on Jan. 29.