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Which Nadal will return to the tour?

Updated: December 28, 2012, 5:41 PM ET
By Peter Bodo

Rafael Nadal's return to the circuit after an absence of almost six months will not happen in Abu Dhabi or the Australian Open.

This throws an even larger monkey wrench into an already-ominous early season for Nadal, who has been rehabbing his left knee. The last match the "King of Clay" played in 2012 was a second-round, five-set loss at Wimbledon to Czech to 100th-ranked journeyman Lukas Rosol.

Granted, the stomach virus that caused Nadal to cancel his trip ...

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