"An injury can keep him out of the tie.
But it cannot keep him from dreaming of winning the Cup."
In the past, often enough David didn't let injuries keep him from playing Davis Cup. And Argentina's previous captains Luli Mancini and Tito Vázquez never stopped him from risking his health. Martin Jaite, however, who's not only the current captain but also David's former coach, is doing things differently. As tweeted today by Quique Cano:
Confirmed, Nalbandian out of the Davis Cup semifinal. Jaite said to him yesterday he's still recovering from the tear and that he's not planning to rely on him for this tie.So while in Buenos Aires, the preparations for the semifinal have begun, and from Monday on the team will be training at the Parque Roca, David is back home in Unquillo.
Yesterday, he attended Argentina's World Cup qualification game against Paraguay (thanks, Guille), which took place in Córdoba, and according to a radio journalist who met him at the stadium, David's own summary of the current situation was, "This is really f***ed up." (Source.)
It must've been a severe blow for David to be told that his part in the Davis Cup semifinal will be limited to supporting the team from the stands. At the same time, I cannot help but be relieved that this time, he won't play despite not being fit and that he won't be risking further and possibly more serious injury.