Vlasic back in training after foot injury

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Blanka Vlasic of Croatia competes in the women's High Jump at the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona.

Croatia's former European champion Blanka Vlasic is back in training after recovering from a foot injury.

Vlasic said she resumed training earlier this week after undergoing seven days of treatment at a sports clinic in Carlow, Ireland.

"Already after my first training sessions I did not feel the usual pain, which clearly showed me that I'm on the right path," she stated on her official website.

"There is still a lot of hard work ahead of me, but I will stay patient and keep a smile on my face," said Vlasic who will turn 30 on Friday.

The two-time European Athlete of the Year has not yet given a specific date for her return.

"I am not in a hurry, I have to respect every step of my rehabilitation, but for the time being I'm very satisfied with the development," she said.

Although injuries have severely compromised her two last years, Vlasic has no intention of retiring.

She had already missed last year's European Athletics Championships and Olympic Games because of repercussions from an ankle operation.

Her initial return was quite promising with a victory in her first event back, the Diamond League meet in New York.

However this new foot injury prevented her from competing at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

The 2007 and 2009 world champion is still missing an Olympic gold to complete her career collection, after placing second in Beijing where she was favoured to win.

Winning gold in Rio 2016 is most likely what keeps motivating her to comeback.

Hopefully Vlasic can make a full recovery in time for the 2014 European Athletics Championships next summer in Zurich.

If she is present at her best, she will be tough to beat.