Nadal to return for Spain against Germany in Davis Cup

MADRID (AP) Rafael Nadal could soon be making his return from injury after being included on Spain’s team for the Davis Cup quarterfinals against Germany next month.

Nadal hasn’t played since January, when a muscle injury in his left leg forced him to retire in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Spain captain Sergi Bruguera, however, said they would see how Nadal’s recovery goes before making a final decision on if he will play.

”He is getting better and about to finish his recovery, training well and in better shape,” Bruguera said Tuesday after announcing his team. ”We still have a week and a half to go before the series and we hope that he will be better.

”I am not going to confirm anything about any player. I won’t decide my team until Thursday.”

Bruguera also picked David Ferrer, Pablo Carreno, Roberto Bautista and Feliciano Lopez.

Nadal hasn’t played in the Davis Cup since September 2016.

The series against Germany will be played on outdoor clay inside a bull ring in Valencia on April 6-8.