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Greg Rutherford was in action for Great Britain at the European Team Championships in Germany last month © Getty Images
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England's Greg Rutherford has pulled out of this weekend's Anniversary Games in London as he battles to be fit for the Commonwealth Games.

Rutherford, the reigning Olympic long jump champion, was forced to miss last weekend's Glasgow Diamond League meeting after suffering a knee injury as he warmed up for the event.

"Sadly I wont be jumping this weekend in London," Rutherford wrote on Twitter. "Precautionary decision with the Commonwealth Games being so close."

The Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow on 23 July, with the men's long jump getting under way on 29 July.

A host of top-name athletes will miss the Games - cyclist Mark Cavendish is nursing a shoulder injury, while local favorite Sir Chris Hoy has retired. Jess Ennis-Hill has taken time out to have a baby and Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake has withdrawn after struggling with hamstring problems.

Organisers were however given a boost with the news that Olympic hero Mo Farah will be fit to compete and blockbuster sprinter Usain Bolt will take part in Jamaica's 4x100m relay.

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