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Perri Shakes-Drayton to have surgery after Moscow nightmare

INJURY PAIN: Perri Shakes-Drayton after the 400m hurdles final in Moscow (PA)

KNEE SURGERY will keep Perri Shakes-Drayton out of action for the foreseeable future following the injury she picked up in the 400m hurdles final at World Championships in Moscow.

The 24-year-old British track star smacked against several hurdles during the race and tore cartilage and posterior cruciate ligament in the Russian capital a week ago.

Before suffering the injury she was in fine form during the championship, cruising into the final and was considered a medal hope for Team GB.

Despite injury, she still managed to finish the race in seventh place, clearly in agony as she crossed the line.

“Perri is working closely with the British Athletics medical team whose focus is very much to get her back into racing as soon as possible”, said Neil Black, UK Athletics performance director.

“She has had an incredible season, and it was a major disappointment for her that she suffered this injury in her first global final.

“We wish her well with her recovery and I have no doubt that she will be back on the track, in top form, next year.”

Shakes-Drayton’s agent Jonathan Marks said: “Perri is bitterly upset to have come away from Moscow without a medal and instead with a season-ending injury which she will have to undergo surgery on.

“We were surprised by comments from some sections of the media regarding the reasons for her performance in the final before the full extent of her injury was revealed - not least given Perri's success in both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2013 and two personal bests in qualifying which made the pain of the final all the more hard to swallow.”

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