Glasgow 2014: Guernsey's Lee Merrien 'gutted' by injury exit

Guernsey's Olympic marathon runner Lee Merrien admits his forced withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has left him "gutted".

Merrien, 35, suffered a stress fracture in his back and has had to pull out.

He missed the 2013 World Championships with a hip injury and Glasgow 2014 was going to be his first major event since the London Olympics in 2012.

Lee Merrien's Commonwealth Games record

Lee Merrien running for Guernsey
  • 2002: 1500m - Failed to make final
  • 2006: 1500m - Failed to make final
  • 2010: 5,000m - 15th
  • 2010: 10,000m - 14th

"Obviously I'm gutted but I've had a time to digest it and get my head around it," he told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"After what was a pretty difficult year in 2013, I've not had many injuries and I thought I was over my problems and in pretty good shape.

"It was one of those things that came out of the blue.

"Some injuries you get niggles but this literally happened quickly and unexpectedly.

"I had plans beyond the Commonwealth Games but I've caught it quite early - I've spoken to people with this injury and they haven't been able to walk."

Guernsey athletics team manager Dave Legg previously said Merrien was a strong medal contender in Glasgow.

As well as racing at the 2011 World Championships and 2010 European Championships, Merrien has competed over shorter distances at the the last three Commonwealth Games for his home island.

The injury means Merrien cannot run for six weeks, with the marathon due to take place on 27 July.