Nadal, between six and eight weeks out due to an injury to the iliopsoas | Sports

The day after being eliminated from the Australian Open, after losing in the second round (6-4, 6-4 and 7-5) against the American Mackenzie McDonald, Rafael Nadal underwent a final test in Melbourne to find out the range of the injury that diminished him during the match. The diagnosis says that the Spanish tennis player suffers “a Grade 2 injury to the iliac psoas of his left leg” and the estimated period of loss is between “six and eight weeks”. In other words, the 36-year-old Mallorcan will not be able to compete for a month and a half or two months, as EL PAÍS has been able to advance, which disrupts his calendar for this first quarter of the season.

Early this Thursday, the athlete underwent an MRI at a Melbourne medical center, under the supervision of his personal doctor from the Teknon clinic, Ángel Ruiz-Cotorro, and “in the coming days he will be on sports rest and He will perform anti-inflammatory physiotherapy ”, according to this newspaper from his team.

This last physical mishap evokes the one that happened to him in 2018, also at the Australian Open. Then, Nadal suffered another injury to the same muscle, but on that occasion it affected his right side (Grade 1) and although he was initially going to be absent for only three weeks, he kept him in the infirmary for two and a half months when he suffered at the end of February, when he was going to play in Acapulco. That day, pain prevented him from completing the quarterfinal match against Croatian Marin Cilic and he had to leave the court in the fifth set. The recovery was delayed and he reappeared in April, within the framework of the Davis Cup.

The iliopsoas is a powerful propulsive muscle that serves to flex the hip and lift the leg. It is used in actions as everyday as climbing stairs.

Indian Wells… or the clay

This latest setback is a severe emotional blow for Nadal, who suffered several injuries last year and was unable to compete regularly. However, the 22-big champion announced that despite the blow he has the will to continue playing. Of course, he will have to modify the roadmap that he and his team had designed for this first quarter of 2023. Initially, after passing through Australia, his idea was to go to Doha (from February 20 to 26), Dubai ( from March 27 to 4) and then offer an exhibition in Las Vegas together with Carlos Alcaraz (5th); then the plan included traveling to Indian Wells (March 8-19).

Depending on his evolution, Nadal could return at the Californian event, or delay until the tour on clay that has its starting point in Monte Carlo (from April 9 to 16).

Nadal, 36, suffered a severe puncture in the pubic area when he made a sideways movement down the back to try to return the ball. At that moment, his musculature suffered and from there, when he had already lost the first set and was behind in the second, 4-3, he had to compete in a bad way because he lost mobility and could not use the reverse The Spaniard continued on the track, but was ultimately unable to reverse the situation and was eliminated from the Australian tournament, which he won in 2009 and last year.

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