Injured Butchart to miss Commonwealth Games

Andrew Butchart with his right foot in a protective boot

Scottish distance runner Andrew Butchart is set to miss the Commonwealth Games in April after suffering a broken bone in his foot.

Butchart, from Dunblane, said he “felt a sharp pain in my right foot” in a 3,000m race in New York last weekend.

“I knew what it was straightaway,” Butchart said in an Instagram post. “After an MRI in Boston it was confirmed – a fractured navicular.”

Butchart added he was “heartbroken” and “won’t be racing for a while.”

BBC Scotland understands he will not recover in time for the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast, which begin in less than eight weeks, on 4 April.

Butchart, 26, finished sixth in the 5,000m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

His girlfriend, Lynsey Sharp, is among Scotland’s track and field squad for the Commonwealths.

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