Murray’s place in Barcelona rests on results of scan on injured elbow

BRITISH No1 Andy Murray will decide today whether or not his elbow is in a good enough condition for him to be able participate in Barcelona this week.

Murray required a pain-killing injection prior to last Saturday’s Monte Carlo Masters semi-final defeat against Rafael Nadal and yesterday underwent a scan.

And with Masters 1000 tournaments to follow in Madrid and Rome ahead of the French Open, which starts on at the end of next month, Murray is wary of causing the elbow further damage. “I’ve seen the doctor here and been getting a lot of treatment from my physio the last few days, and I don’t think it’s anything serious,” he said.

“Whether or not I’ll be able to play this week, I’m not sure. I haven’t hit any balls since Monte Carlo but I’m going to practise today in the morning and see how it is, and then I’ll make a decision after that.”

Should he take up his place in the draw, Murray has a bye in round one as the second seed and will face Juan Carlos Ferrero or Xavier Malisse in round two.

Top seed and five-times Barcelona champion Nadal is in the other half of the draw along with world No5 Robin Soderling.