Nadal practicing with a splint after wrist injury

Saturday, August 02, 2014 /by
Rafael Nadal has been instructed to keep his wrist immobilized for two or three weeks. (AP Photo)
Rafael Nadal has been instructed to keep his wrist immobilized for two or three weeks. (AP Photo)

Rafael Nadal is still training despite a right wrist injury, suggesting there is a chance the Spaniard could attempt to defend his title at the U.S. Open.

Nadal injured the wrist during practice and has withdrawn from both his scheduled Masters events leading into the U.S. Open, with instructions to keep his wrist immobilized for two or three weeks.

But, as indicated by his newest photo on Facebook, the world No. 2 has resumed practicing with a protective bandage on his wrist. "For two weeks I'm changing my watch for this splint," he said in the accompanying comment.

However, he is said not to be hitting backhands.

"It is a common injury in tennis," said Dr. Angel Ruiz Cotorro, who is treating Nadal.

Speaking to Spanish press, the doctor added that no decision could yet be taken about whether Nadal will play the Flushing Meadows major. "[Nadal] should go and have ultrasounds and scans every day to see how it recovers," he said.
 

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