Monday, March 7, 2011

A Brief Update


(EFE)

The Davis Cup weekend is over (final score: 4-1 for Argentina), and David, still ranked #19 this week, is out with an injury. Or rather, a combination of two injuries, the hernia he already had, going into the tie and the left adductor tear he contracted during his match against Ungur.
But while it's clear now that the Masters events at Indian Wells and Miami will take place without David, so far there's been no further news about whether or not David will use this involuntary break to have hernia surgery.

Meanwhile, and you've probably seen it already, Argentina's opponent in the quarterfinal has also been decided - Kazakhstan (who beat the Czech team 3-2).
Asked about Argentina's possible opponents in the quarterfinal recently, all that would come to David's mind was "the Czechs". The other team he couldn't for the life of him remember. But it's not surprising that Kazakhstan doesn't have a place on David's tennis map of the world - or that it didn't have one, until now. After all, it's their first season in the World Group. In any case it'll be interesting to hear what David thinks about the Kazakh team and the fact that it exclusively consists of ex-Russian "mercenaries".
The quarterfinal will take place on the weekend after Wimbledon (July 8-10) and it will be another home tie for the Argentine team. Whether David will be able to even consider playing it - that remains to be seen.

The coming weeks (and perhaps months) will once again be more quiet here on VD, with no matches to report. Unfortunately, I have quite a bit of experience with this kind of situation...
And like during previous injury pauses, I'll keep you up-to-date on the latest news about David's recovery. As well as any interviews he agrees to do.

40 comments:

  1. If he doesnt have surgery his first tournament back would be Madrid Masters,the first day of May.

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  2. I'd be very, very surprised if he played any further events on clay this year (except possibly DC).

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  3. Nalbys full of surprises haha,who knows what will come to his mind,makes following him even more fun.

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  4. It's quite here, mostly because today and tomorrow are holiday days (Carnival). One part of the press is sure David will get a surgery. Another part says they'll wait these 4 weeks to see if the hernia becomes asymptomatic again.

    Not sure, but considering how David informed about his surgery the last time (he denied what at that time Clarin reported about the surgery date and place, etc only to avoid press), he probably could have it tomorrow..
    I don't know if a sports hernia can be asymptomatic again when he starts to cause pain. I don't think so, but I'm not doctor... Well, I'm no doctor and I didn't want him getting that "infiltracion" because that injection just makes more sensible the zone, and look what happened just 15 minutes after the match started.

    No news for now... were mostly trying to learn how to pronounce our next rival's name ;)

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  5. Yep, it looks like it will be back to being the David Nalbandian injury update blog for the moment.

    By the way I've noticed they've changed their login screen to something far more annoying where it now redirects to a new page after I've typed something in the box. It retains the text, but I didn't know it and pressed the Back button and had to type it again, lol.

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  6. As for the painkiller injection, Anna - from what I've heard the tear is very close to the hernia.
    If he had an injection like that then he shouldn't have been able to feel anything in that area during the match. I mean, that's what those injection do, they take away the pain, making the area in question more numb. And not more sensitive, which would be the exact opposite of their very purpose, namely to mask the pain so that the athlete can compete despite not being fit.
    So either he got one and his doctors made a complete mess out of it or he didn't get one in the first place.

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  7. Sorry, I expressed myself wrong. I just translated and used the word we'd use in spanish. I meant when you have one of those injections the zone stays without pain for a limited amount of time (very limited in some cases) BUT often the same zone is more predisposed to get injuries.
    But's it's true what you said. I don't know what they injected him with, but he got a shot to play. The fact that he started to feel pain in the middle of the first set (4 game the journalist from tv started to say that David was talking to his team) just shows how useless that kind of injections could be. They said he got the tear very close. That shot is made into the area, it's not something general (like the pill they gave him at the third set) but what you said about if it's that near, why he felt such pain almost since the beggining?
    I'm always against "infiltraciones" mostly in tennis, because, as I explained if soccer players often gets a second shot in the middle time because with only one injection they can play a complete match, and each half time is 45 minutes... how in the hell a tennis player is going to play with only one shot. I can understand if it was in another zone (a right handed player that had pain on his left shoulder, so they inject him to make him feel better... I mean in a zone not THAT related to the movements) but the inguinal zone??? As I said I'm not a doctor, but I know very well those injections.They don't work very well on tennis and are very risky.

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  8. But none of us knows whether he got that kind of injection.

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  9. the tv said (when they were showing David going to the court) that he got an "infiltracion". The same was said by several articules and specially La Nacion.

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  10. Then he shouldn't have been able to feel anything in that area.
    Though a moment ago you wrote you didn't know if it was that kind of injection.

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  11. Don't know what they used (if it was a strong, average or soft dosis of drugs for that kind of injections). But the effects started to disappear at the 4th game of the first set. Meaning, in terms of time it was almost like some aspirine. And in terms of pain, as I said, when those shots starts to wear off, you're in more pain than before. The time they last is short.... don't know if it was a bad reaction of David's body (I think it was the first time he got one of those injections) and for some reason the effects were shorter than usual (again I don't think that kind of injection could last more than a set on tennis). So in other words he had to deal with the pain from the tear, the hernia, the effort.. and It's not easy to explain (less on english), I don't know if you had to get one of these kind of treatment, but when it goes away the whole zone feels worst, not only the injury itself. That's why I wrote sensible... You don't feel pain, but it's not anaesthesia or the spray (when you don't feel nothing), you don't feel that zone ok. It's not nice, you feel weird, even if you don't get another injury.... I guess with the adrenaline of playing, if all works good, your concentration will go to other way. (as I said my match was suspended). But here the effects were gone almost since middle of the first set . Don't know why. So the pain from the "post-injection" (it's not only worse it's not reduced to the injury, the whole zone hurts, even where before was ok), the injury, the new one in the same zone, the other leg because he forced it... I really can't imagine what he felt.
    I'm really against those injections, as you could see ;). I don't see the use of them except for something that take a short time to do. And after that it's a torture...

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  12. What I've been trying to get at is that this is your take on what happened. ;)

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  13. I'm just glad that he hasn't managed to ruin his hip again. Or to get some other, serious injury.

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  14. Back, abdominal, hip, legs... the arm will hopefully be spared which ruined Davydenko's career when he was in top form. But I am optimistic although everything goes in other way. I hope it will have a "The END" soon before David says goodbye to tennis. I see that the only, but most important news we wait in next months is what David is planing to do with his injury or injuries.

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  15. I become more and more sad the closer the 2 best Masters tournaments come. And when I think what we expected after the weeks in Washington and Montreal and what we got to see after that? hardly anything when you think about succes, only some good matches or sets, but I think in compare to the defeats before the surgery David losed after the surgery matches where he mostly showed some beautiful tennis, but unfortunately inconsistent in most matches.

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  16. I think the past has shown that David sometimes has those moments, where he plays great for a week or two. But those moments come and go. So what happened at Washington & Toronto was, I believe, typical in that sense. It was typical that it didn't last. Though this time, there were also physical problems involved.

    I guess that his surgery changed my expectations quite drastically. And I've simply been happy about every match he has played since then. Even about the bad ones.

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  17. I hope, in fact, David didn't have an injection. Playing Ungur certainly wouldn't merit it. Actually, playing anybody wouldn't merit it, given the injuries he's had over the last several years. Pain is what tells you you can't do something. Masquerading the pain is probably only going to make the injury worse. Hopefully the tear isn't too bad and he will get the corrective surgery A.S.A.P. What a shame to miss IW and Miami, especially after the good hard-court start he had. David has to seriously consider no more clay. But then there's DC. What a quandary.

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  18. The experience of that match won't stop him and clay won't stop him. It's not even a dilemma. He knows his time is running out so nothing will stop him in DC.
    The only good thing about the current situation is that the tear might make him have surgery now and not delay it.

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  19. Dont worry guys,I think everything will end up fine.Nalbys next tournament on his schedule is the first of May.Thats 2 months,a lot of time,well see what happens,you never really know with injuries,a great player from Croatia,Mario Ancic retired last week because of horrible luck,it all started with mono,people thought he would be out for a few months tops,but he never fully recovered to this day.On the other hand I remember Wayne Rooney in 2006 broke ligaments on his ankle right before the World Cup,he was expected to be out for 3-4 months but he recovered in like 4 weeks,people are different,Im gonna hope for the best.

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  20. That schedule was made before his hernia was diagnosed and right now it's purely theoretical.
    And to be honest, I'd be fine with him, not playing any tournaments on clay.

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  21. I only mentioned the schedule to show thats theres a lot of time until his next theoretical match or tournament if he didnt even have the hernia problem.The point of my post was to give my opinion that when it comes to injuries not everyones body reacts the same,theres a projected time,but the real time could be less or more.Im not lying to myself and thinking hes gonna be back for Miami or something like that but Im hoping that if lets say that the projected time out if he had hernia surgery is lets say 3 months,Im hoping he will be back in 2 months and 2 weeks instead of lets say 4 months.Lets be a little optimistic,all the posts seem so pessimistic.

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  22. Yeah, I agree the tear might make him have surgery now. Overcompensating for the hernia may have caused the tear, for all we know. The current situation is clearly not as bad as the hip problem, but the hernia situation must be addressed. I've never heard of a player in any sport playing at peak performance with a sports hernia. This could still pan out to be a good year. It's certainly not all doom and gloom.

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  23. David got the injection. I agree with you about that type of injection. Only for desperate cases.
    According to what the press said and what we could see (at least in Argentina) he was going ok, better than expected. So everybody thought that he was going to be, if not ok, at least with very little pain because the treatement (T.A.C.E.R) was working. So they went with David showing up and playing the weakest of them, and Monaco against Hanescu (with good chances). IMO, they messed up with the injection. I think they gave him just in case or to avoid any problems and it fireback. nobody saw that comming. I still think there was no way that injection could last the whole match, even a 6-0,6-0,6-0 one, and the pain after those kin of shots are torture, so very, very bad move.. don't know what the doctor of the DC was thinking.
    I think, at least from David's words and how he said them, he at least at that moment learn something. The way he talked after the match, to the people there, almost apologizing for playing like that, saying that he never thought that could happen, and saying there that he wasn't going to play against Hanescu (after that he said something like we'll see but just to give the romanian's team some doubts)? It was clear he got really scared about not being able to finish the match and with that pretty much destroying Argentina's chances (Hanescu was going to enter different, the same for Pico, the doubles, etc). At least for this weekend? He got the message. like I said against Soderling that time no other could take him down. But Ungur?... Ok, Monaco lost his match and the worst? he fought like crazy to win (Pico was so pissed off..). But it was after celebration... lwell, let's pray it was due that.
    He knows against anyother player he'd have lost the "easy" match. Even if Ungur would have been a little more inteligent and just tried to make long points (like against Pico), because at one moments the argentine team was affraid he couldn't get up (the break point won, when he was in tears)...
    Let's hope he reminds that in the future.

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  24. I'm not being pessimistic, Adrian. I just want David to have surgery, skip the clay swing and then, if all goes well, be back in time for the grass tournaments.
    So that, yeah John, it might still be a good year.

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  25. I'm with you, Julia. Even we could say that this tear could be good, in the sense that he can't play these tournaments so the surgery could be delayed.
    And for the rest of the season... this is David, you never know ;)

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  26. Julia,I wasnt referring to you,but there were a few posts like "will he ever play again or this season",Im not quoting anyone but there was some stuff in that fashion,Im not bothered with that,were all friends just I think it would be better for everyone to think positively,like one very good song says.Dont worry,be happy my fellow David Nalbandian supporters.

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  27. As long as he hasn't been able to get the DC title he wants so very much - he'll be back... ;)

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  28. Yep, maybe the tear is really a blessing in disguise. "Don't Worry, Be Happy." That's a good one, Adrian.

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  29. John,I cant really tell if your being sarcastic or not,but if your not thank you,the song is great,one of my favorites.

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  30. No sarcasm on my part, Adrian. I think it's a great song. Bobby McFerrin 1988

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  31. After receiving medical studies have indicated that an inguinal hernia, David Nalbandian and his coaching staff and doctor decided to undergo two operations, which remain outside the court for about two months .

    (source:http://www.canchallena.com/1356113-operan-manana-a-nalbandian)

    "sorry I don't speak english very well"

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  32. Thank you for the update Marwa

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  33. good luck for nalby. We will wait his return :(

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  34. Thanks, Marwa, for the update. Went to the website and realized how much Spanish I don't know. But, I still think this is good news. Adrian, I bet you like Bob and Ziggy Marley, too. I do.

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  35. Damn! How did Bob get on my comment?

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  36. Well, yes, after the whole day without internet, I read in several sites (Ole , lanacion, La voz del interior, etc) that David will get TOMORROW (thurday morning) two surgeries in one. First the hernia, second a "tenotomía" on both adductors (the injured left and the right one too) to make the muscles stronger (sorry if the explanation is not correct, I'm only translating... I have no idea what the hell this is)
    he's going to be at the hospital until tomorrow night and he will be back to play in at least two months.

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  37. Just saw the story in Canchallena, Anna. It said they are going to lengthen and strengthen the injured adductor and do a laparoscopy on the hernia. There is also a story in the Buenos Aires Herald today, but I couldn't open it because you have to be a paid subscriber. Anyway, this doesn't sound too bad. Especially the 6 to 8 weeks recovery.

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  38. I agree, doesn't sound that bad. Also seems logical what they do with the adductors on both sides. I hope everything goes well!

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