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‘I don’t know when I will play again’ – Rafael Nadal provides latest injury update

20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has conceded he doesn’t know when he will return to competitive action in his latest injury update. 

The former world number one has not featured since playing at the Citi Open in Washington in August due to a left foot injury, which also forced him to miss Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.

Discussing his recovery at a ceremony in Mallorca, the Spanish star said he is determined to get return in ‘good condition.’

“I want to recover from this injury in good condition,” said Nadal, who has only completed two matches since his French Open semi-final defeat.

“I don’t know when I will play again, I work a lot every day, I follow a specific plan with a marked roadmap and with very clear objectives.

“I will not say what those objectives are, because there are always things that I can’t control one hundred percent, but inside my head I’m clear on what my objectives are and I trust that things will follow a positive course.

“I am in a process of recovery, of work, with a progressive increase in loads and the sensations are not measured daily.

“You have to be a little cautious, look a little in the medium term.”

Earlier this week, tennis fans thought Nadal’s return may not be too far away after a video emerged of him training at his academy on social media.

The Spaniard played fewer than 30 matches this season before announcing an end to his year, accruing a win-loss record of 24-5. He won two titles in that time, a 12th Barcelona Open and 10th Rome Masters respectively.

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