Jake Wightman has ruled out a late bid to compete at March’s European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, insisting rushing his return from injury would be madness.

The 24-year-old would have started among the favourites for home success after landing outdoor Euro 1500 metres bronze last summer to establish himself among the middle-distance elite.

Instead, he’s been sent for a rehab stint at Bisham Abbey to sort out a strained glute that’s set to sideline him until the summer.

And he admitted: “I keep thinking to myself, if it wasn't in Glasgow, would I be as bothered? But I think I probably would be.

“I'm almost glad I've got a diagnosis that means I have to miss it, because if it was something that put me out for a couple of weeks and there was still a chance I could do it, I think it could get pretty frustrating.”

Instead the Edinburgh AC hopeful concedes boredom has been the biggest pain as he takes the slow lane to be fit for the Diamond League campaign and a potential 800-1500m double at the IAAF world championships in Doha.

Fixing the problem has been a mix of high and low tech with state-of-the-art ultrasound systems mixed in with a Nordic ski machine he secured on the Internet to keep his fitness on track.

“I went on eBay and for 60 quid I got one down in Portsmouth,” he revealed. “I drove there, and it was like an old couple that had had it in their garage for months, so it was rusty and all sort of squeaky, so I oiled it up, gave it a little clean, and I went on it.”

The most optimistic diagnosis is that the British No.1 will be back in time for the start of the summer and the renewal of his rivalry with club-mates Chris O’Hare and Josh Kerr, as well as rising Scots prospect Neil Gourley.

And with the outdoor season pushed back to fit in with the latest-ever date for the world’s, sitting out indoors could stop him from burning out too soon, Wightman acknowledged.

“The plan wasn't do to that,” he said. “The plan was to be able to peak twice and almost go again, but if any year this was going to happen, I'd rather it was this year because next year, with the Olympics being that bit earlier, it would be pretty tough to come back for.

“I think the fact that we've got the championships at the end of September means this isn't the worst thing in the world to happen, but it's to make sure I don't have any disruptions in the build up from now until then.”