McGinley struggling to recover from knee surgery

Paul McGinley in happier times. Celebrating his 2005 Volvo Masters win at ValderramaInjured Paul McGinley is facing another month out of the game.

The Dubliner, 43,  had hoped to return to action alongside Padraig Harrington in next week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on the PGA Tour. But his slow rate of recovery from a sixth knee operation has forced him to put his comeback plans on hold.

"It's been nine weeks since I had the operation but the recovery has been very slow so I will be having lots of scans again this week to see what is going on," said McGinley, who traditionally plays with Dermot Desmond opposite Harrington and JP McManus at Pebble Beach.

"I had hoped to get back playing in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am next week but unfortunately I have had to pull out.

"I am not hitting anything longer than an eight iron in practice so it is just a question of waiting to see what happens.

"The scans will show how my knee is recovering so by the end of the week I should have a timescale on when I might be able to come back."

McGinley hasn't played a tournament since he missed the cut in the Barclays Singapore Open three months ago.

He has slipped to 234th in the world since he had surgery on his troublesome left knee and will slip even further before he can return to action.

The three time Ryder Cup winner could be forced to wait until the Hassan II Golf Trophy in mid-March to make his golfing return.