Rafael Nadal's coach reveals stunning detail about Spaniard's hip injury

Nadal surgically repaired his psoas muscle in early June.

by Dzevad Mesic
Rafael Nadal's coach reveals stunning detail about Spaniard's hip injury
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Coach Carlos Moya revealed Rafael Nadal's surgery was "more complicated than initially anticipated" because the doctors realized the full extent of the Spaniard's hip surgery only after opening the 37-year-old's psoas muscle.

Nadal, who suffered an injury to his psoas muscle at the Australian Open, was initially expected to be out for six to eight weeks. But after suffering experiencing several setbacks in his recovery and not making it to the French Open, Nadal decided to surgically address his injury in early June.

"He had a more complicated operation than initially anticipated. Once they opened and saw what was there, it was more delicate than initially thought. Look, he had tests and MRIs... it seems that what he had was not well seen and the recovery time has been longer than expected.

It is also true that if he didn't have surgery, it would have been even more difficult for him to recover. He was always clear that he wanted to return, and he wanted his farewell to be on the court," Moya told ATP Tour Espanol.

Moya on Nadal's recovery

After the surgery, Nadal went to vacation with his family but he was still doing rehabilitation and following a certain set of rules. When Nadal returned to the court in August, he was making a really slow progress and his team had certain concerns.

"The beginnings were hard, obviously. There are moments when you find it difficult because he hasn't improved. We always had peace of mind due to the constant medical contact, with tests, to ensure that the evolution was totally normal," Moya said.

During November, Nadal made a really strong progress. That led to Nadal finally confirming his comeback and announcing the Brisbane International as the tournament where his comeback will start. The Brisbane International is kicking off on December 31st and Nadal is set to make his second appearance there.

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