Rafael Nadal could be forced to sit out this year's Wimbledon championships due to the wrist injury that has seen him withdrawal from Roland Garros.
On Friday, the Spaniard announced his withdrawal from the tournament he has won nine times, with a wrist injury that has plagued him for weeks no longer manageable. While details of the injury not yet clear, it is thoughts to be an inflamed tendon sheath in his left wrist
"Yesterday (Thursday) I played with an injection," Nadal said.
He added: "Last night I started to feel more and more pain, and this morning I felt that I could not move the wrist much. So I came here, I did an MRI, the results are not positive. It’s not broken, but if I keep playing it’s going to be broken in the next couple of days."
Nadal: "I have to retire from the tournament because I have a problem in my wrist that I have since couple of wks." pic.twitter.com/cR6nRYDE4E
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The news comes a crushing blow to Nadal who has struggled with knee injury in recent years, and is also cause for concern give how Juan Martin del Potro's career has been derailed since the 2009 US Open winner was forced to undergo wrist surgery.
Nadal's immediate focus is try and return to fitness in time to take part in the year's third grand slam which begins on June 27, although some reports have suggested he could be sidelined for as long as three months.
"We’re going to work hard to be ready for Wimbledon. For the moment I need a couple of weeks with the immobilisation then we’re going to do the treatment," said Nadal. "We expect to recover quickly, to be ready for Wimbledon, but it’s not a moment to talk about that."
Speaking after his victory over Ivo Karlovic, Andy Murray revealed that Nadal's injury had been evident in the build-up to the event.
"I knew he’d been struggling. I practised with him before the tournament and his wrist was strapped heavily," said the Scot. "He was grimacing sometimes. But I didn’t know it was bad enough for him to pull out of the event."
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