Nadal boosted by scan results

24 January 2018 08:06:12 EST

Rafael Nadal is expected to be back in action within a matter of weeks after suffering a hip injury during his Australian Open exit at the hands of Marin Cilic.

The 31-year-old Spaniard was forced to retire when trailing 2-0 in the final set of his quarter-final clash with Cilic, with subsequent scans showing that the damage to his right thigh was not too serious.

That situation means that Nadal may be able to stick to his planned calendar events, with his next scheduled tournament the ATP event in Acapulco, Mexico in late February.

A statement from Nadal's publicist confirmed: "Rafa Nadal had an MRI test earlier this morning at a hospital in Melbourne. The scan showed a grade one injury of his Iliopsoas on his right leg.

"He will be resting in the next few days once back in Spain and will start with anti-inflammatory physiotherapy. He will start his rehabilitation and pre-adaptation process to the tennis court in two weeks, starting progressively his training and practice.

"Three weeks is the normal time to totally recover and he will resume his tennis schedule as planned playing Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami."

Nadal claimed the title in Acapulco in 2013, the last year the tournament was played on clay.

With the event now a hardcourt one, he reached the final just under 12 months ago, only to be beaten 6-3 7-6 by American Sam Querrey.

Nadal is currently priced at 2/5 to win an 11th French Open title later this year, with Novak Djokovic available at 10/1 and Roger Federer 1212/1.

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