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Injured Clijsters may return early

Written by: Staff

BRUSSELS, Aug 23 (Reuters) World number two Kim Clijsters may return earlier than expected as a scan on her wrist suggested the injury could heal more quickly, a source close to the player said today.

''She had the scan today (Wednesday) and she will probably be out for about six weeks,'' the source told Reuters.

''But she seems more positive and could return a little earlier than first thought.'' The Belgian had initially feared she would be out of action for at least two months. The injury has left her unable to defend her U S Open crown next week or play in next month's Fed Cup final.

Yesterday sources close to the player said was hoping to make her comeback on home soil at the Hasselt tournament, which starts on Oct 30.

''She will undergo intense physio with a scan every two weeks and is confident that it may heal quicker than first thought,'' the source said.

Reuters DH RN2129

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