Rafael Nadal made an appearance at Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey semifinal first-leg defeat to Barcelona on Thursday and made a heartbreaking admission when discussing his potential comeback.
“I do not know yet. I had a major breakdown in Australia and I don’t have a return date,” Rafa said. “It is taking me time and a lot of work to recover.”
“I am doing weekly check-ups,” Rafa also said at the Santiago Bernabeu. “We will have to see how I evolve, but I’m not here today, we’ll see. I am recovering. I do as much work as I can every day to recover as well as possible. I go day by day. I don’t know when I’ll be back, when I’m fine. And then we will have to have a little patience.
“I hurt my muscle, I tore a bit of my tendon in a very complicated place, the psoas, because in tennis we get strength from there. It is a slower evolution than we would like, but there is no choice but to be a little patient.”