Injury may force Rafael Nadal out for a few weeks

The latest injury may force Rafael Nadal out for four to six weeks

The latest injury may force Rafael Nadal out for more than a month

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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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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.

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Nadal will be hoping to be back on court in time for the clay season and win his 14th Roland Garros title.