AMY TINKLER has confirmed she will miss April’s European Gymnastics Championships as she continues to recover from a serious ankle injury.

The Bishop Auckland gymnast, who won a bronze medal on the floor at the Rio Olympics in 2016, has suffered a frustrating 12 months as she has battled against major injury issues.

She had ligament reconstruction surgery in April 2018, and required a further operation last October to remove scar tissue. She has now been forced to undergo a third bout of surgery, which took place in Madrid last month.

The 19-year-old was forced to miss last year’s Commonwealth Games as well as the World and European Championships, and has now accepted she will not be back in time for this year’s Europeans, which are due to take place in Poland in April.

However, she remains hopeful of competing at October’s World Championships in Stuttgart, and should still have sufficient time to achieve the qualifying criteria to compete at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

“I can’t wait to start working hard on my rehab and training, and be back out there performing again at the end of the year,” said Tinkler.