Injured Nadal expects to be fit in three weeks

Rafael Nadal has been informed that he should be fit in three weeks, as the injury he suffered at the Australian Open was not serious.

An injured Rafael Nadal retires from the Australian Open   -  Getty Images

Rafael Nadal expects to be fit to play in Acapulco next month after a scan revealed an inner right hip muscle injury forced the world number one to withdraw from the Australian Open.

The 16-time grand slam champion limped off Rod Laver Arena when he was unable to continue in the fifth set of a gripping quarter-final against Marin Cilic on Tuesday.

There were concerns Nadal could face a lengthy lay-off, but the Spaniard says his schedule should not be affected by an early-season blow.

Nadal has been informed that he should be fully fit in around three weeks and is planning to be on court in the Mexican Open - which starts on February 26.

"The results say I suffer from a grade 1 injury from the psoas iliac of my right leg." the 31-year-old stated on Facebook.

"The injury is not so serious. In the next few days, I'll be resting and perform anti-inflammatory therapy.

"Doctors tell me that in two weeks I can be on track by gradually resuming my workouts.

"The normal recovery time is about three weeks, which in principle does not change anything in my calendar and I will play in Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami."