Rafael Nadal will not play more in the remainder of the season. The Mallorcan, 32, was operated on Monday with a problem in the right ankle and therefore will not participate in the Masters Cup, the tournament that closes the year in London, from 11 to 18 November. Last week he could not compete in the Paris-Bercy Masters, but then due to some abdominal problems, and now he will not be able to participate in the last event of 2018 due to a setback that, he explained, has dragged on for some time.
As specified by the medical report provided by his team, Nadal is undergoing an arthroscopy this afternoon, given that "he has an intra-articular free body" in his ankle. "It will be practiced for its extraction and be able to start the season that comes in full conditions," Dr. Angel Ruiz Cotorro explains in the note.
Instantly, the player transmitted through their social networks a sequence of tweets in which he shelved the year. "It is true that we had detected it for a long time and from time to time it bothered me. However, given that the problem in the abdominal muscle also prevents me from playing in London, we take advantage of the moment to remove the free body and avoid future problems, "says Nadal.
"It has been a complicated year, very good at the tennis level when I was able to play and at the same time very bad as far as injuries are concerned," adds the Manacor, who at the beginning of the year suffered another major injury in the iliac psoas. "I did everything possible to reach the end of the season in good conditions, both in Paris and London, doing things well and I really wanted to play. Unfortunately I had the abdominal problem in Paris last week and, in addition, I have a free body in the ankle joint that has to be removed in the operating room today, "he adds.