Andy Murray could be ruled out for 12 months and may need surgery

Andy Murray has met with an ankle specialist in London (Picture: Getty)

Andy Murray could be ruled out for up to 12 months and may require surgery on the horrific ankle injury he picked up at the Miami Open on Sunday.

Murray was seen screaming in pain after rolling his ankle in the third set of his defeat to Tomas Machac but he was able to get up and complete the match.

The British veteran then confirmed on Monday he had ruptured ligaments, announcing that he will be out for an ‘extended period’ and will see a specialist.

That came as a major blow to Murray, who had been planning to use this summer as a farewell tour before his expected retirement from tennis.

It has now been reported by iNews that Murray has since met with an ankle specialist in London and had further consultations on Wednesday.

He is now set to make a decision on what he will do for the remainder of the season, which he will likely soon announce on social media.

Murray has fully ruptured his anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) and has badly torn his calcaneofibular ligament (CFL).

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Andy Murray had further consultations on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)

The expected recovery time varies from as little as six weeks all the way to 12 months, depending on if surgery is required.

It remains to be seen how Murray’s ankle injury will impact his plans for retirement but speaking after his loss to Machac, the 36-year-old, who plays with a metal hip, admitted that he was ‘looking forward to the end’ of his career.

Once he hangs up his racket, Murray will go down as one of Great Britain’s greatest ever sportsmen, having won two Wimbledon titles, two Olympic Gold medals and the US Open while he also led his country to Davis Cup glory.

Speaking to Sky Sports this week, former British No.1 Tim Henman opened up about Murray’s upcoming retirement and said: ‘There’s been a lot of talk and I’ve always said that he should play for as long as he wants.

‘There’s been an indication that he’s going to stop sometime in the summer and when we all look back and reflect on what he’s achieved, it’s absolutely incredible. To win three Slams and two Olympic golds as well as the Davis Cup and be world No 1, it’s an absolutely phenomenal achievement.

‘I think you do have to take into account the era that he’s been competing in against Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic who are three of the greatest players in the history of our sport, so he will look back with a lot of satisfaction.’


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