Portugal's João Sousa says he is not yet fully recovered from a stress fracture in his left foot but hopes to be back to 100% fitness within two or three weeks. The site quotes Sousa as saying, "I'm not 100 percent yet.
We have been doing a good job of recovery, but it has been a little more complicated injury than we expected and it has not been easy. We are still on the right track, and I hope to be 100 percent within two to three weeks.
Due to this injury that dragged a little more than we expected, we eventually canceled the week we had planned to train with Daniil Medvedev. We will give priority to healing this injury to be 100 percent." The Portuguese number one player is currently in Barcelona for pre-season training and is confident that he would make a good preparation for next season.
“I'm still a little bit affected by this injury, but the physical work has been done the best way. We have been doing some tennis work, although it is not exactly what we already wanted to be doing, we are calm about the preseason because we have done a good job and it will end up going well."
Sousa's first tournament in the new year is scheduled to be the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, which starts on January 13th, followed by the Australian Open in Melbourne. There is also a possibility that Portugal will compete in the ATP Cup as they are currently the first alternates.
In case, any of the 24 countries pull out from the tournament, Portugal will be the next team into the competition. The 30-year-old Sousa is currently ranked No. 60 in the world, down from his career-best ranking of No. 28 in 2016.
His best performances this year came in Gstaad and St. Petersburg where he reached the semi-finals and at Wimbledon where he reached the fourth round.