10/04/2012 12:39 EDT | Updated 12/04/2012 05:12 EST

Virtue, Moir withdraw from Finlandia Trophy due to injury

World and Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have withdrawn from this weekend’s Finlandia Trophy competition because of a minor injury sustained by Moir.

Moir has a slight muscle strain in his neck, according to a release issued Thursday by Skate Canada.

"It is disappointing not to go to Finland, but this early in the season we feel it was better to be cautious and careful,” Moir said in the release. “We have a long season ahead of us, and just don’t want to risk aggravating things by travelling and competing this weekend."

Virtue and Moir are the reigning champions in this event, held annually in Finland.

“We had such a great summer of training, and we were really excited to debut our two new programs in Finland,” said Virtue. “We had such a positive experience last year and were really looking forward to returning.”

“Our bags were packed, and it was literally just four hours before our scheduled flight that we made the decision… We will be back training hard to show off our programs at Skate Canada International in Windsor in just a few weeks.”

The Skate Canada International event, which is part of figure skating’s Grand Prix circuit, begins Oct. 26.