Andy Murray fears he will need another hip operation which could rule him out of Wimbledon and threaten to end his career.
"I do want to keep playing,” said the double Wimbledon champion. “It's just whether I'm able to or not is the question."
The former world No.1, who last played at the Davis Cup in November, is back practicing on-court and hopes to return to action in Miami next month.
But if his nagging groin problem proves to be heterotopic ossification – where extra bone grows in the soft tissue after surgery – he would need surgery in May which could rule him out of Wimbledon.
And if the bone growth returns, he would finally be looking at the end of his amazing career.
But Murray, who turns 33 in May, said: “It's been unbelievably complex. Hopefully the activity around this heterotopic ossification settles down.
"I'll see what happens in the next few weeks. I might be playing in the next few weeks as well.
“This is just something that comes up which is extremely common in hip resurfacing, a traumatic kind of injury.
“If I have to have that removed because it is what is causing the problem, then that is a pain in the arse.
"That's what I hope but over the last couple of years I have become quite pessimistic about time frames, issues and stuff because of what has gone on really and what has been said to me.
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