Rafael Nadal today confirmed earlier reports that he would miss Spain’s upcoming Davis Cup tie against the U.S. in two weeks. Nadal also revealed that the injury to his left knee is has not healed forcing him to sit two more months away from the game.
In a statement released Monday, Nadal said that he “will stop for the next 2 months” because due to a “partial tear of the patella tendon at the distal pole of the patella plus an inflammation of the Hoffa’s fat pad” in his left knee.
“I have missed the Olympics and the US Open in the last few weeks, two of the most important tournaments of the year and that I really wanted to play,” Nadal said. “I really want to be back competing and enjoying the tennis tour, but I have many years in front of me and my knee needs some rest. I will be back when I have no pain and able to compete with guarantee.
“I feel better after the meeting with my doctors and happy knowing that the evolution of the past weeks has been positive and surgery has been avoided. I will continue to work with the plan my doctors have established to be able to compete as soon as possible in the right conditions. I would also like to thanks all for the support I am receiving these days.”
Nadal has not played since a shock June 28th loss to Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon.
Given his two months timeframe, Nadal could return for the London World Tour Finals the first week of November (2 months almost exactly). But realistically that seems now to be a long shot.
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