Rafael Nadal crashed out of the China Open Friday, tiring at the end of a gruelling three-set quarter-final against qualifier Martin Klizan, while reigning women`s champion Serena Williams withdrew injured.
Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber will undergo surgery for a torn thigh muscle tendon only weeks after his comeback from a 20-month break due to consecutive cruciate ligament tears, the club said on Sunday.
Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has a right ankle problem and missed training on Wednesday, as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen continued their recuperation from injury, the La Liga club said.
After a sensational sprint double at the Diamond League finale, American Justin Gatlin admitted Tom Hanks` film character Forrest Gump had been an inspiration as he battled back from a four-year doping ban.
Uncapped South Africa-born batsman Jason Roy insisted he would be fit after suffering an injury scare on Sunday, hours after being included in England`s 14-man squad for next weekend`s Twenty20 international against India at Edgbaston.