Kian Emadi targets Track Cycling World Championships for injury comeback

British sprinter Kian Emadi says there is no timeframe for his return to competitive action from a back injury, but is hoping to be back in action for the World Championships in February.

Kian Emadi, Track World Championships 2013, day one

Kian Emadi admits he is unsure when he will make his competitive return to the track as he continues his recovery from a back injury suffered in September.

The 22-year-old has missed the British Championships, European Championships and the first round of the Track World Cup in Mexico, but hopes to be back to full fitness in time for the World Championships in February.

“You take it day-by-day,” he told British Cycling. “Stuff can go really well and you feel great or you can have a little bit of a setback so it's hard to put a date on stuff.

“The worlds is the big target and if I can get some good work done before then I'll see what happens.”

In his absence, the trio of Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner won gold in the men’s team sprint in Mexico at the weekend.

Initially, the Stoke-on-Trent star tried to train through his back injury, but soon realised the ailment was worse than first thought.

“It was a few days really when my back was feeling a bit sore really and we just thought it was a niggle,” he said.

“So I kept trying to manage it and train and then I was just in the gym one day lifting and it felt a tweak.

“You get a little bulge at the bottom of your back and it just makes it a bit uncomfortable.

“I've been seeing Phil Burt, the [Great Britain Cycling Team] physio, a lot and he's been doing some great work and kept me in really good shape.

“I'm training, it's a little bit modified to take care of the niggle but it's going well.”

Source: British Cycling

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.