Athletics: Coach backs Jessica Ennis-Hill to make return to top after pregnancy

Last Updated: 10/01/14 12:04pm

Toni Minichiello is backing Jessica Ennis-Hill to make a return to the very top level after the birth of her first child.

The star of the 2012 Olympics and the Sky Sports Living for Sport Ambassador has announced she is pregnant and will miss this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

But Minichiello believes that Ennis-Hill can return to the track in 2015 and fulfill her dream of defending her Olympic heptathlon title in Rio in 2016.

"She's been training fully to this point, doing the javelin sessions with Keith Hill and doing the running here in Sheffield on the indoor track," Minichiello told Sky Sports News. "The training has pretty much being carrying on as normal.

"We have three three month periods going into pregnancy and the work we do will vary as we go into those three different periods. Then the first two months after giving birth - providing everything goes to form - then we will start building the work back up steadily after that.

"The power work is very different from the aerobic and running, so we will take it a step at a time.

"There is an indoor season potentially depending on how well she does but there is the World Championships in Beijing in 2015, which will be the aim, but she will have to do a heptathlon before that in order to qualify.

"Getting her fit for May, that will be the primary focus, with the possibility of an indoor season before that."