Nick Buckland & Penny Coomes miss European Championships

Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland
Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes teamed up in 2005

Great Britain's Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes have withdrawn from the European Figure Skating Championships because Buckland is struggling with illness.

The move comes a day after Olivia Smart and Nick's brother Joe Buckland, the British champions, also pulled out.

Ex-Olympic champion Robin Cousins, of the National Ice Skating Association, said: "There is no way either [couple] could have performed at any level."

This season, Buckland and Coomes have already won two international events.

However, the Buckland brothers have both contracted similar sickness bugs.