Andy Murray to have “procedure” on injured back as he battles to play Wimbledon

The three-time major champion withdrew during his second-round match at Queen’s on Wednesday

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Andy Murray is to have a “procedure” on his injured back on Saturday as he battles to be fit in time for what is likely to be his last ever Wimbledon appearance.

Thee 37-year-old pulled out of the cinch Championships at London’s Queen’s Club on Wednesday, early in the first set of his second-round clash with Jordan Thompson, having been almost unable to move at times.

Murray had a pain-killing procedure done on the left side of his back after the clay-court season, having struggled with discomfort in recent months. Speaking after his withdrawal at Queen’s, the Scot said he had lost control and co-ordination on his right side.

“I didn’t…get my right side of my back sort of treated after the French Open, because…like all tennis players, we have degenerative sort of joints and stuff in the back, but it’s all predominantly been left-sided for me for pretty much my whole career,” he said. “I have never had too many issues with the right side.

“So maybe there is something that can be done between now and then to help the right side. I will get scans tomorrow (Thursday) and get it rechecked and see if there’s anything that can be done.”

Former world No 1 Murray, who has struggled to get back toward the top of the rankings since having a metal hip inserted in 2019, has said he is unlikely to play much past the summer.

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