Rafael Nadal injury update: Spaniard’s doctor reveals that they hope to shorten his recovery period

Rafael Nadal in action

Rafael Nadal could return to action sooner than expected with his doctor Dr Angel Ruiz Cotorro explaining that they hope to speed up his recovery, but for now the priority is ensure the Spaniard is pain free.

The 21-time Grand Slam winner injured his rib during his semi-final win over Carlos Alcaraz at the BNP Paribas Open last week. Despite being in pain, he still completed the final against Taylor Fritz on Sunday, losing in straight sets as his unbeaten start to the 2022 season was ended by the American.

And a day later the Australian Open champion confirmed that he suffered a stress fracture of his rib and will be out of action for between four and six weeks.

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Dr Cotorro revealed that the 35-year-old was diagnosed with “a stress crack in the third left costal arch”.

“We’re going to adapt the work in function of the pain,” he told RadiogacetaRNE. “For now, the priority is to remove the pain.

“Once the pain’s removed we’ll be working as much as we can. With this in mind and the evolution it has, we’ll see if we can shorten the time… although the 4-6 weeks is quite logical.”

Nadal is likely to miss the Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open with the Madrid Open – which starts on May 2 – likely to be his comeback event.