World number two Saina Nehwal will make a full recovery from the plethora of injuries she sustained during the recent season and should be fit to play by mid-January.
Nehwal, who suffered ankle and groin injuries in November, is currently being treated by physiotherapist Kiran Challagundla and is expected to be back to full fitness in time to defend her title at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow.
“She has four injuries. But the most severe are the injuries in the groin and ankle areas,” Kiran told the Times of India. “The ankle and groin are almost cured… I can say 75 to 80%. And I expect her to be 100% fit by the third week of January.
“As of now she is still in the rehabilitation stage. Within a few days, she will be returning to full practice.”
Nehwal enjoyed a superb 2015 despite her injuries as she won two titles, reached the final of the World Championships in Jakarta in August and became the world number one for a short period of time after she triumphed at the India Open in March.