Andy Murray has been out of action since November when he played in the Davis Cup Final Week in Madrid, thanks to a bruise on his pelvic bone which has forced him to miss the Australian Open and withdraw from several ATP events.
I would hope I should know by the end of next month whether I'm good to play or not with it, That's what I have to wait for. And then the issue around that is, if they can't get to it with an arthroscope, which is obviously the hope, that I would then have to be opened up again. That obviously takes longer to recover Andy Murray
But while he is currently considering a wildcard into the Miami Masters next month, the former World No.1 has admitted his future is hanging in the balance as there is a possibility that he may require further surgery.
“It’s been unbelievably complex. At the Davis Cup I was diagnosed with this bone bruise on the pubis, which was mild and obviously not a big deal, but they can sort of niggle on if they are not handled properly,” he said while at a practice session in Roehampton
“It didn’t really get better. I started rehabbing, I started hitting a few balls, I started running again on the treadmill and stuff to try and build back up.
“The thought was maybe that I had just irritated it and should give it enough time until it’s gone. But my pain was not getting better. I was basically like, ‘Look, I am not happy with this diagnosis’.
“And because of the hip and the metal in the hip, it is extremely difficult to get a clear diagnosis because the metal on the scan makes it extremely difficult to read them.
“So, the concern was then, well, we can’t see exactly what is going on in here, is there a problem with the actual prosthesis? Then from there, I had to have a bone scan.
“But there are complications with that because it is normal to have quite high bone activity in the first 14 to 16 months after hip resurfacing, so you can get red herrings, but all of those scans showed that it was clear.
“I started practising again a few days ago. I’ve been doing some running and just trying to build up to see what happens.
“When people have these operations, there is something called heterotopic ossification, which is basically like bone growing outside of the normal skeleton, so it grows in soft tissues.
“That grows for 14 to 16 months post surgery and that can cause impingements, pain, aching, these sort of things. The issue is if you try to remove that too early, while it is still active in the process of growing, it just grows straight back.
“So what I need to do just now is build up in these next couple of weeks to really test it. Hopefully it responds fine. But, if it doesn’t, then I need to potentially have that removed.”
The three-time grand slam and Olympic champion had his second hip operation at the end of January 2019 and believes that it won’t be long now before he can be certain of his next move.
“I would hope I should know by the end of next month whether I’m good to play or not with it,” he said. “That’s what I have to wait for. And then the issue around that is, if they can’t get to it with an arthroscope, which is obviously the hope, that I would then have to be opened up again. That obviously takes longer to recover.”
And the worst scenario then is that he will have to skip the grass court swing including Wimbledon!