Andy Murray set to undergo minor back surgery

Andy Murray is to undergo minor surgery on a long-standing back injury on Monday and is unlikely to play again this season

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Andy Murray withdrew from the Rome Masters with the back problem in May Photo: Marianne Bevis

Andy Murray will undergo minor surgery on a long-standing back injury on Monday and is unlikely to play again this season.

The world No3 has been struggling with a problem in his lower back and is set to miss this year’s remaining tournaments, including the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.

“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 read 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.”

The injury forced his withdrawal from the Rome Masters back in May, before he opted to sit out this year’s French Open.

The 26-year-old returned to action to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936 but was knocked out of the US Open by Stanislas Wawrinka at the quarter-final stage.

Murray took to Twitter shortly after the announcement, writing: “Thanks so much for all the nice messages today… Having operation on Monday.. Will let everyone know how it goes.. I’ll be “back” stronger.”

Following his withdrawal in Rome at the start of the summer, Murray explained how he had been struggling with the back injury for some time.

“It’s been an issue for a while now and I want to make sure it goes away,” he said. “It’s been here since the end of 2011 pretty much. But it got bad during the clay season last year, and I obviously had all the injections and that helped for a little while but it’s been an issue for quite a long time.

“Injections can help but they didn’t make me feel 100 per cent. I want to feel 100 per cent.”

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