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Rafa likely to come back soon

Rafael Nadal

Barcelona: Rafael Nadal could be back on a tennis court in about a month after intense physiotherapy and laser treatment on his troublesome knee, Spanish tennis federation (RFET) doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro said on Wednesday.

The world No. 3 has not played since losing to Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon in June and has been suffering from a partial tear of the patella tendon and an inflammation of the Hoffa's fat pad in his left knee.

The 26-year-old former world No. 1, who was unable to defend his Olympic title in London and had to withdraw from the US Open, said on Monday he would be out for another two months.

“We have completely ruled out surgery,” Ruiz-Cotorro said at a news conference in Barcelona. “During the next month we’ll be doing training with a lot of physiotherapy combined with hydrotherapy and laser and we’ll see how he progresses,” he added.

“We believe that within two months the tendon will be in what we consider a normal state. In a month’s time, if the tests and his progress are positive, he can get back to work on the court.” (Reuters)