My priority is to recover well: Rafael Nadal

Updated: Sep 25, 2012, 09:46 AM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Madrid: World number four Rafael Nadal, who is recuperating from a knee injury, said he won’t rush his return to competitive tennis.

In an interview with Reuters, Nadal said he was still feeling some pain in his left knee and would only return to the court when it has healed properly.

"I am working as much as I can, I am doing everything they tell me to every day and the truth is that right now things are going well, more or less," the 26-year-old Spaniard said.

"The only thing is that I need bit more time," he added.

"We`ll see how things develop in the next few weeks but my priority is to recover well, not quickly but well. Obviously as soon as possible but the main thing is to have the certainty that you are fine when you do return,” he added.

The former number one was sidelined after he was diagnosed as a partial tear of the patella tendon and an inflammation of the Hoffa`s fat pad. He has not played since suffering a shock second-round defeat to Czech Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon in June.