ANDY MURRAY TO UNDERGO MINOR BACK SURGERY ACCORDING TO THE GUARDIAN…

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According to The Guardian Andy Murray who was receiving assistance during his second-round match at the 2013 Italian Open in Rome. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Andy Murray’s golden summer has ground to a halt and he will undergo minor surgery on a lingering back injury on Monday that could keep him out of tennis until the Australian Open in January.

The reigning Wimbledon champion still wants to play in the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in Greenwich in November but that is unlikely. He has already wiped out his Asian schedule and his medium-term aim is to recover from treatment to be in shape for his annual winter training block in Miami during December. If his recovery goes to plan, he hopes to be fully fit for Melbourne.

“Next week Andy is set to undergo minor back surgery in an effort to clear up a long-standing back problem,” a statement from Murray’s team said on Thursday. “He will definitely miss tournaments in Bangkok, Tokyo and Shanghai. The problem flared up during the Italian Open this year when Andy was forced to retire and he sought advice from a range of specialists. After recently playing on hard courts and clay Andy once again sought medical advice about solving the issue once and for all. The aim is to be fully fit for the new season.”

A Murray insider described his chances of playing in Greenwich as “touch and go”. Although the surgery will be “non-invasive”, according to a source, it would seem inadvisable to risk aggravating the injury. The Scot, who has been troubled with persistent back pain since the season-ending tournament final in 2011, decided in the past few days that stitch-and-mend treatment is proving detrimental, even though he has won the US Open and Wimbledon titles since.

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