Doha: World champion high jumper Mutaz Barshim high-flying season came to an abrupt because of an ankle injury he suffered while attempting a world record in Hungary earlier this month.
The Qatar Athletics Federation announced on Tuesday that Mutaz, who won gold at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London, damaged his ankle ligaments at Gyulai Istvan Memorial track and field event in Hungary and would need three to four months of rest to stage a full recovery.
Barshim, 27, said, there would be no long-term damage.
"I am not worried and have got positive feedback from my doctors," Mutaz said.
He added that he wanted to make sure he was fully fit before returning to ensure he will be ready to defend his world championship crown next year in Doha.
"My biggest goal next year is, of course, the World Championships in my home country, Qatar," said Barshim.
The tournament will take place in September and October next year in the Qatari capital, the first time it has been held in the Middle East.