Andy Murray joins Chelsea FC to help with his comeback from back injury.
Andy Murray has been picking Jose Mourinho’s brains on his comeback from a back operation.
Mourinho invited the Wimbledon champion to use Chelsea’s state-of-the-art rehab facilities at the Blues’ Cobham training ground, a couple of miles from Murray’s home in Surrey.
And the Special One jumped at the chance of working in the Chelsea manager’s back yard.
And although Murray is giving no cast-iron assurances that he will be back in time for the Australian Open in January, Chelsea’s sci-fi underwater treadmill has accelerated his recovery from keyhole surgery six weeks ago.
Murray, who will miss next week’s ATP Tour finals at London’s O2 arena, said: “I’m doing a lot of my rehab work at Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham, and I do pilates with a teacher in Cobham as well.
“Then I have a bike and some weights at my house, but mainly I’ve been in the swimming pool and doing the anti-gravity running at Chelsea.
“I’m not doing any rotational stuff yet – must of the stuff is just straight-line running in the pool.
"It’s basically like an underwater treadmill, which has been a massive help because there aren’t too many of those around. It’s sped up the recovery a lot.
“I try not to disrupt the team, but it has been really helpful. I’ve seen a couple of players around the place, but hopefully I’m going to watch a training session one morning next week.
“The first day I was at the training ground, Jose Mourinho came down to say hello and we chatted. He didn’t give me any advice, but for me it was just really interesting to speak with him.
“I love football - I had met him a couple of times before and it’s nice to have him back managing here because it’s very exciting to see what he is doing.
“I used to go to a few Chelsea games a few years ago because I didn’t have an apartment so I was staying in the hotel next to Stamford Bridge.”
Murray, speaking at the launch of his new Head racquet, is adamant he will not return to competitive action unless he feels there is a chance of winning it.
He plans to have his first hit since the operation on a practice court next week, adding: “The guy who did the surgery seemed to be happy with my recovery so far – I don’t know, they probably all say they are happy with the surgeries they do - and the physios have been happy with the way I’ve responded to rehab and stuff.
“So it’s been positive so far. I don’t want to go into my medical history, but there were a few issues going on with my back that were causing me quite a lot of pain, going back to December 2011.
“It got worse for a period of time, then it started to be up and down, but I just couldn’t handle playing with all that pain any longer.”
Source: The Mirror