Murray was first alerted to the problems during the French Open in June and ended up playing his last match of the season, a quarter-final defeat to Sam Querrey, at Wimbledon just a month later.
The Brit spent the rest of 2017 in rehabilitation for the injury but appears to have failed to recover after withdrawing from this week’s Brisbane International, his proposed comeback tournament.
In an emotional message to his fans, Murray revealed yesterday that he may go under the knife in an effort to fix the issue, a step that sports physiotherapist Robert Brown says has a number of inherent risks.
“The hip is a weight-bearing joint that takes a lot of stress,” Brown told The Times.
“The main reason hip problems affect tennis players is the fast, rotational change of direction that is so much part of the game.
“The hard surfaces they play on also place a lot of stress on the hip.
“The longer Andy Murray’s injury troubles him, the more concerning it is, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t get back to 100 per cent.
“Hip surgery can be difficult to recover from because the hip is a ball-and-socket joint, so a lot of the stability comes from pressure within the socket, and then you have this capsule that comes over the top — stability of the hip is created by those two structures.
“Surgery means disrupting those structures and therefore the stability.”
Taking the surgical option would definitely rule Murray out of the Australian Open, which starts on January 15 and on which the Scot will make a decision this weekend.
The 30-year-old has remained in Brisbane in an effort to maximise his chances of reaching a level of fitness at which he can compete in the first Grand Slam of the year.
And Brown believes it is not beyond the realms of possibility for Murray to make a full recovery, even if he does end up having the procedure.
“Recovery differs from person to person, surgery to surgery, but you’re looking at six to 12 weeks,” Brown added.
“With the simplest of surgery the pain will be well under control after a day or two.
“Patients get rid of their crutches after day two and will even be walking and sleeping fairly comfortably after the third day.
“It’s not so much about the pain, it’s about the function of the hip.
“The hardest thing is to function at that 100 per cent.
“It is possible for Murray to get back to his previous level of fitness.
“At 30, he will still have good biochemical healing factors, his age won’t prevent him from getting back.
“Murray is very experienced so he’ll know the rehab process and know his body very well.
“Hopefully, that will help him get back to where he wants to be.”