8 May 2010

Del Potro turns to footballer to help get over injury

9:40 am on 8 May 2010

The US Open tennis champion Juan Martin del Potro has turned to football player Martin Palermo for inspiration in his recovery from wrist surgery.

Del Potro is no closer, however, to knowing how long it will take for him to recover from this week's operation on a nagging right wrist injury in the United States.

The Argentinian hasn't played since the Australian Open in January.

Palermo, the 36-year-old Boca Juniors striker who is likely to play for Argentina at the World Cup in South Africa starting next month, has twice come back from major surgery.