Rafael Nadal does not know what the best treatment is for the foot injury that has ended his season, coach Carlos Moya has admitted.
Nadal has had a very difficult year, with the injury restricting him to a very limited number of tournaments.
Last week he announced he would not compete again this season due to the problem, but vowed to be back as quickly as he can be.
Exactly how that happens at this stage is unclear, though, with Moya admitting the problem is proving difficult to pin down.
“There were days when he finished training with a limp and the next day he was fine,” Moya said.
“We don’t know where this injury is coming from. There is a diagnosis but it is not clear what the best treatment is.
“Rafa’s main goal is to recover sensations in the foot and in the head, because going in fits and starts throughout the year has not helped him.
“He started with back pain in Australia, he has played only seven events this year. He missed Wimbledon, the Olympics and now the US Open and the Masters.
“That’s why we should not look at what is happening on the circuit and concentrate on him.
“The best thing was to stop, rest the foot and refresh the head and ideas to do good training and arrive fresh to 2022.”
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