21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has been ruled out for between four and six weeks with a stress fracture of the rib. The injury occurred on Saturday during his win against Carlos Alcaraz in the Indian Wells semifinal.
He is likely to miss the Monte Carlo Masters next month and the Barcelona Open the following week on April 18.
Our champ posted on Twitter:
Hello everyone, I wanted to announce that I’ve come back to Spain and immediately went to see my medical team so they could run some tests after the Indian Wells final, which I played hurt.
In the end, it turns out I have a stress fracture on one of my ribs and I will be out between 4 and 6 weeks. This isn’t good news and I didn’t expect this. I’m down and sad about this because of the incredible start to the year I had.
A very important time of year was coming up with a lot of good feelings and good results. But well, I have always had that fighting spirit and of overcoming things and what I will do is have patience and work hard after my recovery. Once again thank you all for the support.
Get well soon, Rafa!