As he continues his efforts to return to top-level tennis, ANDY MURRAY will have to undergo another procedure.
After being diagnosed with a moderate bone bruise, the former world number one has not played a match since the Davis Cup final in November.
But worries arose when earlier this month Murray had to cancel the Australian Open and two ATP tournaments and the Scot admitted that he didn’t know when he’d be able to return.
Murray has spoken out about his issues now, but the picture is still not clear.
To extract bone growth linked to the hip surgery he underwent last January, the 32-year-old will need surgery.
But he also revealed that he has started training again and he has not ruled out getting a wild card for the Miami Open next month if his body responds well.
“Murray said, “It was extremely complicated. At the Davis Cup, I was diagnosed with a bone bruise on my pubic bone, which was just slight and definitely not a big deal, but if it’s not properly handled, it can sort of take hold.
“Really, things didn’t get better. I started rehabbing, I started hitting some bats, I started running again on the treadmill, and I started trying to build things back up,’ he said.
The thought was that maybe I was only going to irritate him and give him enough time to leave. Yet my pain didn’t get better. I was essentially like, ‘Look, this diagnosis doesn’t make me happy,” he said.
And it’s extremely difficult to get a clear diagnosis because of the hip and the metal in the hip, because the metal on the scan makes it extremely hard to decipher,”And because of the hip and the metal in the hip, it’s extremely difficult to get a clear diagnosis because the metal on the scan makes it extremely difficult to read,”
So the question was, well, we can’t see exactly what’s going on here. Is there an actual prosthesis problem? I had to get a bone scan as a result.
There are problems with this because for the first 14 to 16 months after hip resurfacing, it is common for bone activity to be pretty high, so you can get red herrings, but all these scans showed it was clear.
“A few days ago, I began to exercise again. I ran a little bit and just tried to build it up and see what was going to happen.
“When people have these surgeries, there’s something called heterotopic ossification, which basically means the bone grows outside of the normal skeleton, so it’s in the soft tissue,” he said.
That grows after surgery for 14 to 16 months and that can lead to impingements, discomfort, soreness, stuff like that. The issue is if you try to remove it too early when it’s still developing aggressively, it just grows right back.
So what I need to do now, over the next few weeks, is build up to really test it. It will hopefully respond well. But if not, I would have to have it removed, then.
In late January 2019, Murray underwent his second hip surgery, so he’s hopeful that this new phase of confusion will not last too long.
“I would hope that by the end of next month, I’ll know if I can play with it or not,” he said.
It’s what I need to wait for. And if they’re not going anywhere with an arthroscope, which is the dream, of course, then I’d have to reopen it. That takes longer to recover from, of course.
Murray was anything but downbeat and remains confident about his prospects of playing in the biggest events, although the possibility of another operation is definitely not ideal.
It would definitely be his main priority to be fit for Wimbledon, but he also wants to play on clay, a surface on which he hasn’t played since his hip problems arose in 2017.
“Murray said, “I want to play again in the Slams. That’s the thing that I’ve been lacking over the last few years. Missing this year’s Australian Open was difficult for me.
I was actually starting to play pretty well at the end of last season, I was feeling good, and then this happened.
“I want to play again at the Slams. That’s what excites me and I’m interested in that. There’s no excuse why that’s not what I should do.