Elbow injury may force Murray out of Barcelona

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Andy Murray will decide today whether he is fit enough to play in this week's Barcelona Open. The 23-year-old Scot had a scan yesterday on the elbow he injured in Monte Carlo last week and has been having treatment from his physiotherapist.

Murray has not practised since Saturday's semi-final against Rafael Nadal, when he had to have a cortisone injection in his right elbow to enable him to play the match. He had first felt the injury in his quarter-final the previous day.

While the world No 4 does not believe the injury is serious he may well err on the side of caution given his forthcoming schedule. He is due to play in Masters Series tournaments in Madrid and Rome in the build-up to next month's French Open, which will be followed immediately by the grass-court season.

Nadal, the winner in Monte Carlo, arrived in Barcelona saying that he needs to keep improving in the clay-court season. "I'm pleased with how the first week has gone," he said. "I need to use the confidence from the first week to keep improving. I have to be more aggressive, to serve better and to finish off points more emphatically and with more authority."

The world No 1 has won 29 matches in a row on his favourite surface, on which he has not been beaten since the 2009 French Open, but he stressed: "I'm not invincible on clay. I have lost before and unfortunately I have plenty more games I will lose in the future."