But one with devastating news:
David Nalbandian announced today that together with his team he has decided not to take part in the European indoor swing, as a result of not having received the okay from his doctors, concerning the tear in his left abdominal oblique muscle.So for David, the season is over. But while the press relase confirms the worst case scenario for 2012, you'll notice that it doesn't make any mention of a return in 2013. Tamar (thanks!) talked to Bernardo Ballero, David's spokesman, who told her that David still has to decide what he'll do next year and that there's still reason to hope.
Intially, David was planning to play the tournaments in Stockholm, Valencia and Paris-Bercy. However, the injury is not a simple one as the tear caused a small rupture in the area between the rib and the costal cartilage with an estimated recovery time of 6 to 10 weeks.
"The recovery from this injury was slow from the start and I haven't been able to get fit enough to return to the Tour as I had planned with my team."
Fue Buena add that if possible, David will play the Copa Argentina, the exhibition event in Buenos Aires, in December. But that, apart from his physical state, this will also depend on what his plans are going to be for the next year. And right now, no one can say with certainty.