Rafael Nadal’s 2014 injury troubles continued this week in China. After dealing with a bad back in Australia, an injured right wrist over the summer, the popular Spaniard revealed today that he’s dealing with a case of appendicitis which he will treat with antibiotics instead of surgical removal.
Nadal said he first felt stomach pain when he landed in Shanghai over the weekend. He was treated at hospital, he canceled practice, but today he says he’ll play through it.
“I was in the hospital on Sunday,” explained Nadal Tuesday. “Yesterday the nurse came to my room to give me the treatment again. Today I was at the hospital in the morning again. I had again the antibiotics. It seems like everything is under control now. The normal thing for the improvement to continue. I’m not going to go for surgery. That’s great news for me today. That’s why I’m here practising for 45 minutes and trying to play tomorrow. But obviously I am not in my best condition.
“The positive thing is I am feeling better today than yesterday. Yesterday I felt a little bit better than the day before. I hope tomorrow I will feel better than today. That’s why I want to try. I am in Shanghai. I am here to play a tournament. If I don’t play, I don’t have the possibility to win. So that’s it.”
If Nadal does have his appendix removed when he returns to Spain such a procedure could put his London appearance in serious doubt.
“I have to talk with my doctors when I get back home,” added Nadal. “It is true that the doctor here told me that [eventually] I have to take it out. Because when you have it once, the normal thing is that it is going to come back. Sooner or later I have to take it out.”
The Shanghai website offered this bit:
Doctors initially told Nadal surgery was the most sensible option but an aggressive course of antibiotics have stemmed the discomfort he started feeling on Saturday evening and now he wants to take the risk of playing. He managed to practice for 45 minutes and said: “Originally the doctors were very negative but it is my decision.
Nadal will open his Shanghai campaign Wednesday against Feliciano Lopez.
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