Rafael Nadal pulls out from Davis Cup semi-final due to knee injury
World Number 3 Rafael Nadal is bound to miss Spain’s Davis Cup Semi Final as he struggles to overcome a knee injury leaving him ruled out for 2 months.
Rafael is undergoing a treatment for partial tear of the patella tendon and an inflammation of the Hoffa’s pad of his left knee. The tear is being treated with medication, therapy and progressive rehabilitation. Originally the doctors who admitted Nadal have told him that he had tendinitis in his left knee and he needed it to rest for the next 15 days.
This is not the first time that the Spaniard has taken a break from his career. He took a hiatus 2009, recovered and came stronger than ever.
Although willing to play for his country, the former World Number 1 is playing a safe game at the moment and avoiding any activity which will burn him out. The reigning French Open Champion is giving himself and his damaged knee some worthy relaxation as per the plan which his doctors have mapped out for him.
One of the reasons for his constant struggle has been his aggressive game play which has burnt out his stamina in the longer run. A result of such game-play has resulted into a foot injury in 2005 including a condition known as Hoffa’s syndrome, a swelling round the tendon just below the knee cap in his left leg.
When asked about his plans of when he’ll return back to the court, the Spaniard said,”The truth is I really don’t have an idea and when the time comes my knee will decide, and when the knee is fine, then the captain will decide.”
It seems that Spain has a tough job at hand. The four time reigning champions need to prepare themselves without their most prized possession starting with facing United States in Gijon, northern Spain, on September, 14-16. The balance of power seems to be towards the U.S at the present moment.