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Rutherford undergoes hernia operation after missing World Championships

Greg Rutherford has undergone surgery on a hernia problem that's been niggling him since 2012. Ian Walton/Getty Images

British long jumper Greg Rutherford has undergone surgery to fix a hernia problem.

The 2012 Olympic gold medallist, who won bronze at last year's Rio Games, missed this summer's World Championships in London with an ankle injury.

However, the 30-year-old announced on Twitter that he was going under the knife to fix another problem following the end of the season, with a picture of him on a hospital bed.

"Heading down to have my groin chopped up and then reconstructed soon. They just need me to get changed... Have a tasty hernia that needs sorting out. Can't wait," Rutherford said.

The long jumper has been struggling with a hernia problem since 2012, but the problem has worsened this year, and he has now decided to go under the knife.

Rutherford will be hoping to be fit for the start of the 2018 season, which features the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the European Athletics Championships.