Rafael Nadal injury update: 'Ankle surgery went well'

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Former world number one Rafael Nadal (Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal’s ankle operation that forced his withdrawal from the ATP Finals in London went well, he confirmed Tuesday.

Nadal’s season came to a premature end Monday when he announced he would not participate at the O2 Arena, his place in the FInals going to John Isner.

Abdominal problems had seen Nadal pull out of the Paris Masters last week and while they continued to hinder him, the Spaniard also revealed he needed an operation to remove a “free body” from his ankle.

Nadal — who has not featured on the ATP Tour since retiring ahead of his semifinal with Juan Martin del Potro at the U.S. Open in September — posted an update to Twitter on Tuesday, confirming he had returned following the procedure.

However, he was forced to delay an exhibition match in Mallorca to aid those affected by the devastating floods in October.

“Hello everyone, thank you for the messages I received,” he posted. “The ankle surgery went well and from home I am informing you that we postpone the exhibition party planned for the victims in Llevant de Mallorca.”