Updated: 04/07/2012 12:42 | By pa.press.net

Van Commenee waits on Idowu fitness



Phillips Idowu is a major medal hope for Great Britain at the Olympics

Phillips Idowu is a major medal hope for Great Britain at the Olympics

UK Athletics' head coach Charles van Commenee is in the dark about the fitness of Phillips Idowu, one of Great Britain's biggest medal hopes at London 2012.

World silver medallist Idowu is currently recovering from a foot injury he sustained in Oregon last month, which forced him to pull out of the triple jump trials in Birmingham.

And Van Commenee had no idea about the 33-year-old's progress when asked directly at the naming of the Great Britain athletics team for London 2012 although he expects the athlete to return to action at the Aviva London Grand Prix on July 13.

The duo were involved in a spat last year when the Dutchman criticised Idowu for using Twitter to announce he was pulling out of the European Team Championships.

"I am told he is aiming to compete at Crystal Palace and that's all I know," said Van Commenee.

"There are no guarantees. The athlete is injured. How can I possibly be confident?"

Despite the mystery, Van Commenee, who now keeps in touch with Idowu's progress via his coach Aston Moore, did not have any doubts about including the 2009 world champion and reigning Olympic silver medallist in the GB squad.

"He's the former world champion and the number two in the world last year," said Van Commenee.

"He's got a proven track record. His selection does not exclude any other athletes, so it's a no-brainer.

"There is room in the selection policy to deselect athletes who prove not to be fit. At the moment it is silly not to select a man who jumped in early June."

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