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Murray hopes to avoid further injuries

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Tom McGarry

Andy Murray will step up his return from injury at the Brisbane International although he wants to manage his schedule during 2018.

The three-time major winner missed the second-half of the 2017 season with a hip injury and he has subsequently slipped to 16th in the world rankings.

The Brit marked his return to action by losing an exhibition match against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in Abu Dhabi on Friday, but he will now make is return to the ATP Tour in Brisbane this week.

Murray has received a bye into the second-round of the tournament, where he will face either Ryan Harrison or Leonardo Mayer, and he confirmed he still has slight concerns regarding his hip, although he believes his overall fitness is good.

"Right now the hip is the only thing that is any concern. The rest of my body feels really good," he said. "I just want to enjoy playing again. I've really missed it the last six months or so."

Murray will turn 31 during 2018 and he confirmed he plans to manage his schedule more carefully as he gets older, as he wants to avoid picking up any more serious injuries.

He added: "Giving yourself breaks, especially as you start to get older, I think, is very important and something that I'll certainly be looking to do for however long I keep playing."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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