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Del Potro doctor issues imminent return hopes

9th April 2019, 16:46 by Craig Smithson

The doctor treating Juan Martin del Potro's current knee injury claims he should return to action in the "near future".

The 30-year-old Argentinian enjoyed a renaissance in 2018 as he won his first Masters 1000 tournament at the BNP Paribas Open and reached the final of the US Open, where he lost to Novak Djokovic, nine years after winning his sole Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows.

That propelled Del Potro up to third in the world standings but a fractured right kneecap suffered in a fall at October's Shanghai Masters prematurely ended his campaign.

He returned at the Delray Beach Open in February but has not played since losing in the quarter-finals against Mackenzie McDonald.

It was feared that Del Potro would require surgery on his knee but Dr Angel Cotorro has revealed he should be able to avoid the scenario by continuing his current rehabilitation programme.

He said in a statement: "Juan Martin del Potro visited the Mapfre Clinic last week because of the fracture in his right knee cap he suffered almost six months ago. Since the beginning he was advised to take a conservative approach with his treatment.

"After participating in Delray Beach he began a regenerative treatment with Dr. Alejandro Rolon in Buenos Aires. He later had multiple medical tests done in Barcelona and considering his progress in the past few weeks, it's been decided to implement a new regenerative treatment.

"Also, he will follow a specific rehabilitation program led by his physiotherapist, Diego Rodriguez, which will progressively allow the player to incorporate further training and compete on tour again in the near future."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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