Nadal to return in December

Rafa Nadal is scheduled to play in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi in December.

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TENNIS Rafael Nadal of Spain wipes his face in his men's singles tennis match against Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London June 28, 2012.

The world number four has not played since losing to Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon in June and has been suffering from a partial tear of the patella tendon and inflammation of the left knee.

The 11-times grand slam winner was unable to defend his Olympic title in London and had to withdraw from the US Open.

The Spaniard is set to join a high-profile field including Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray for the three-day Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi which gets underway on December 27.

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