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Rafael Nadal OUT of Brisbane International due to thigh injury as Spaniard is dealt blow in preparation for Australian Open Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Brisbane International through injury The world No 2 had an MRI scan which revealed the damage to his left thigh  It comes as a blow to Nadal ahead of the Australian Open starting on January 14 

By Nathan Salt For Mailonline

Published: 10:17 GMT, 2 January 2019 | Updated: 10:34 GMT, 2 January 2019

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Rafael Nadal has been forced to pull out of the Brisbane International due to a thigh injury.

It is the latest injury blow for the Spaniard as his preparations for the first Grand Slam of the year starting in Melbourne on January 14 take a knock.  

'I did an MRI and it shows a small staring on my left thigh,' Nadal told reporters in Brisbane. 'I tried to play, I wanted to play, but recommendations from the doctors (were otherwise).

Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the Brisbane International due to a thigh injury

Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the Brisbane International due to

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