Rafael Nadal is likely to be out for four to six weeks due to the latest injury: a cracked rib.
The Spaniard took to social media, on Tuesday, to announce that he had suffered a stress fracture in one of the ribs.
“Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know that I’m back in Spain and I went straight to see my medical team for tests after the Indian Wells final, which I played in discomfort,” Nadal tweeted.
“I have a stress fracture in one of my ribs and I will be out for 4 to 6 weeks. It’s not good news and I didn’t expect this.
“I am devastated and sad because after such a good start to the season I have had.
“Now is a very important time of the year for me and I had a very good feeling and good results.
“Well, I have always had that spirit of fighting and overcoming and what I will do is be patient and work hard after my recovery. Once again I would like to thank everyone for their support.”
Nadal enjoyed a personal-best start to the season, going 20-0 before losing the Indian Wells final to Taylor Fritz on Sunday.
The 35-year-old has won three titles this season, including his record 21st Grand Slam trophy at the Australian Open. On Monday, he moved up to No. 3 in the ATP Rankings.
Nadal will be hoping to be back on court in time for the clay season and win his 14th Roland Garros title.