World number three Rafael Nadal is reportedly ready to make a return to practice courts in early December, which will be weeks after undergoing appendectomy and stem-cell treatment for a back injury.
This development was revealed by Nadal’s uncle and coach, Toni, in an interview with the Spanish media. The Mallorcan missed the Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals after undergoing the aforementioned medical procedures. Nadal did make his trip in London in order to fulfill sponsorship duties as posted in social media sites.
Both the surgery and the stem-cell treatment reportedly went well. The back treatment featured stem-cell injections in the affected area, a similar procedure that was done back in 2012 when Nadal had treatments for the tendinitis in his knees.
Earlier this year, during the Australian Open final, Nadal suffered a back injury and went on to lose the match and the title to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland. The back problem went on to become recurring during the rest of the season.
The Spaniard also suffered a wrist injury that prevented him from competing during the North American hardcourt season including the US Open where he was the defendign champion. His next tournament is said to be the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi in late December to kick off his 2015 season.