Just days after Rafael Nadal’s unbeaten start to 2022 came to an end, he has suffered yet another blow.
The Spaniard is set for up to six weeks on the sidelines with a rib stressor fracture.
The 35-year-old revealed that he immediately went to visit his medical team upon his return to Spain after playing the final in discomfort.
“As it turns out, I have a stress crack in one of my ribs and will be out for 4-6 weeks,” he wrote. “This is not good news and I did not expect this.
Al final resulta que tengo una fisura por estrés en una de las costillas y estaré entre 4 y 6 semanas de baja. No son buenas noticias y no me esperaba esto. Estoy hundido y triste porque tras el inicio de temporada que he tenido tan buena.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) March 22, 2022
“I am sunk and sad because after the start of the season I have had such a good time.”
Nadal added: “I’ve always had that fighting and overcoming spirit and what I will do is be patient and work hard after my recovery. Once again thank you everyone for the support.”