A statement on Rafael Nadal’s website has confirmed the nature of the injury he sustained in his quarterfinal match against David Ferrer at the Australian Open. Nadal will take ten days off to recover from the injury and at this point intends for Spain in the Davis Cup in March.
His injury is not a hamstring tear as first reported from the treatment rooms of the Australian Open, and despite the fact that Nadal was seen trying to stretch his hammys court side.
This is good news in that it gives Nadal a few weeks to recover completely.
After an ultrasound and MRI revealed that Rafa has a “rupture” or tear of his adductor longus. The adductors are a group of groin muscles that Nadal puts under stress when he slides sideways, sprints or tries to decelerate quickly.
Rafa was seen by Doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro who, on Tuesday, announced what the world number one will need after he underwent medical tests on his return to Mallorca. The website calls the injury a “adductor longus rupture of the left leg.”
The treatment for the Spaniard will involve anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle releases, stretching and strengthening and will likely include some Kinesio tape when he starts returning to exercise.