Eve Muirhead set for hip surgery
Eve Muirhead is best at home on the ice, but she faces a spell on the sofa after opting to have surgery to cure a long-standing injury.
The 27-year-old, a World and two-time European curling champion skip, will undergo a keyhole procedure on her hip after managing it throughout last season and past the Winter Olympics in February, where she guided Great Britain to fourth.
Muirhead now believes time away from the ice recuperating from the surgery will see her bounce back stronger than ever before as she targets more titles in the years to come.
"I love competing in top end elite sport and I enjoy pushing my body to the max, always striving to be the best," said Muirhead, who also has a 2014 OIympic bronze medal in her cabinet.
"So I guess this is one of those inevitable outcomes that is part of the wear and tear of being involved in elite sport.
"I am lucky that I have an excellent support team around me, a group of professionals that have worked with me through a number of Olympic cycles and together we have been managing the discomfort but sometimes you just know it is the right time for some intervention.
"We worked out that I had completed over 4,000 slides this year as an elite curler so to keep producing at this level and to build on the 16 international medals I have achieved means that yes the body does suffer at top level sport and equally I don't want this to be holding me back going forward."