Spanish world No 2 Rafael Nadal said Thursday he will be sidelined for up to eight weeks after suffering a left hip flexor injury during his shock exit from the Australian Open.
The 36-year-old wrote on Twitter that scans showed a moderate muscle tear.
“I have carried out medical tests after the defeat yesterday,” the 22-time Grand Slam winner said, adding that they showed “a grade two lesion in the iliacus psoas of the left leg”
“Normal recovery time six to eight weeks,” he said, adding that he would now rest and undergo anti-inflammatory physiotherapy.
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
The projected timeline puts his participation at the ATP 1000 Indian Wells and Miami events in March in doubt, which would see him plunge down the rankings.
Nadal will more likely target being ready for the clay-court season in mid-April, leading into the French Open in May where he will be…