Last Updated: January 19, 2023, 12:16 IST
Rafael Nadal injured his left hip flexor throughout his loss on the Australian Open and may wish about six to eight weeks to absolutely get well, his supervisor mentioned Thursday.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion had an MRI examination at a hospital in Melbourne underneath his physician’s supervision on Thursday.
Nadal’s title defence ended bitterly on Wednesday as he slumped to a 6-Four 6-Four 7-5 defeat by Mackenzie McDonald, the most recent chapter in a protracted historical past of health issues at Melbourne Park.
“I’ve carried out medical checks after the defeat yesterday. The MRI exhibits a grade 2 lesion within the Iliacus Psoas of his left leg. Now it’s sports activities relaxation and anti inflammatory physiotherapy. Normal restoration time 6 to Eight weeks,” Nadal tweeted.
Buenas tardes. He realizado pruebas médicas tras la derrota en el día de ayer. La resonancia magnética muestra una lesión grado 2 en el Psoas Iliaco de su pierna izquierda. Ahora toca reposo deportivo y fisioterapia anti inflamatoria. Tiempo normal de recuperación 6 a 8 semanas. pic.twitter.com/xwcKSyTzhp— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) January 19, 2023
Nadal was the defending champion and seeded No. 1 in Australia.
“He will be resting the next days once back in Spain and will start with anti-inflammatory physiotherapy,” his crew mentioned in a press release.
“The regular time estimated for a whole recuperation is between six and eight weeks.”
The 22-times Grand Slam champion arrived in Melbourne with only one win to his name since the U.S. Open after rib, abdomen and foot injuries kept him off court for much of last season after Wimbledon.
“I mean, hopefully it’s nothing too bad. In the end (it has) been three positive weeks in terms of practice,” he informed reporters after his defeat.
“So I actually hope that (harm) doesn’t put me out of the court docket for a very long time, as a result of then it’s powerful to make all of the restoration once more.
“It’s not solely the restoration. It’s all the quantity of labor that you simply want to put collectively to come again at an honest stage.”
A six to eight week recuperation would allow Nadal to return well before the clay court season and the run-up to the defence of his French Open title in late May and early June.
The 36-year-old now will head home to Spain to rest.
Nadal has lost seven of his past nine matches, dating to a fourth-round defeat at the U.S. Open in September.
(With inputs from Agencies)
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