No news, no interviews so far.
David has arrived back home, rehabilitation process about to begin (source).
News about David usually come from different sources. From the various news sites or journalists and their Twitters, sometimes even from David's camp or from David, himself. And then there's a special kind of source, one that I was hoping I wouldn't have to use anymore - doctors and clinics and their medical communiques. But as it turns out, the Clínica Mapfre de Medicina del Tenis, Dr. Ruiz-Cotorro's new headquarters in Barcelona, has its own website and more about David's injuries and surgeries.
Their article contains what could be called a summary of recent proceedings. Including the official diagnosis and reason why David underwent surgery. And apparently, he was in a worse state than his camp initially told the media. Here's the clinic's version, as published yesterday:
The player [i.e. David] travelled to Barcelona for a review and to have additional necessary tests conducted by Dr. Ruiz-Cotorro, his personal doctor, at the Clínica Mapfre de Medicina del Tenis.The part about a rupture in his rotator cuff is complete news to me. As is the existence of a fully formed labral tear in his right hip. This means it was the exact same injury again that he also had on his left hip. Which doesn't make it any easier to be optimistic about David's chances of returning in time for the Davis Cup semifinal. After all, the estimated four to five months recovery time after his first hip surgery turned into eight months (and then due to an abdominal tear eventually ended up being nine months).
In order to speed up the tennis player's recovery, for the sake of the next Davis Cup tie, it was decided to carry out the double intervention.
The player had a ruptured rotator cuff plus a Type 2 SLAP lesion on his right shoulder. On his right hip, he had a labral tear. According to Dr. Cotorro, "these types of injuries are very common among professional tennis players."
The double surgery, performed by the doctors Philippon, Vilaró and Ruiz-Cotorro took six hours and was conducted at the Clínica Teknon in Barcelona.
The player is making progress as planned and he was released today. The estimated recovery time is between four and six months during which he'll have to undergo a very intense process of rehabilitation under the supervision of his personal physiotherapist Diego Rodriguez in Argentina, as well as several check-ups at the Clínica Mapfre de Medicina del Tenis in Spain.
The doctors Philippon, Ruiz-Cotorro and Vilaró expressed their satisfaction after surgery, which confirmed the diagnosis ahead of the intervention.
What this article and basically every other piece of news I've seen have in common is the Davis Cup semifinal as the big goal. His injuries, as described here, must've made it impossible for him to go on playing and postpone surgery until after the tie. But just like in all the other articles and tweets I've seen there's no mention of any plans beyond the semifinal (except for the exhibition in November).
We'll have to wait and see what he has to say if he talks to the media when he returns to Argentina.