Injured star Juan Martin del Potro has begun his road to recovery from a wrist surgery by posting a picture on his Facebook account.

The Argentine delighted fans with an update on his official page which boasts over 1 million 'likes'. It included a photograph at the clinic in which the surgery was undertaken along with medical staff at the Minnesota centre.

The cheery image came alongside a message from the 25-year-old which read: "Hello everyone! Here´s a picture of my first visit to the Mayo Clinic after the surgery. Dr. Berger was pleased with the examination and I have now a shorter splint. Thanks for your messages!" 

According to the ATP website, the next stages in Del Potro's recovery will involve more testing at the Mayo Clinic across the upcoming weeks.

The 6ft 6in giant has been out of action since the Dubai Championships back in February when he was forced to withdraw from a match with Somdev Devvarman.

It could be some time before the 2009 US Open winner returns to the courts though; some reports have suggested that del Potro could miss the rest of the season thanks to the surgery on his left wrist.

The current world no.7 first felt pain in his troublesome joint back in 2012 but he soldiered-on thanks to pain injections.

Hopes were high that the right-handed player would be able to win his first Australian Open title at the start of this year after winning a warm-up event in Sydney. However, the injury resurfaced in a shock five-set loss in the second round to Roberto Bautista Agut.

Del Potro is no stranger to wrist issues; following a fourth-round defeat in the 2010 Australian Open, the former world no.4  spent nine months on the sidelines after persistent pain in his other wrist required an operation.  

The omens of a successful return are promising. Following his last long-term absence, the powerful hitter picked up Olympic bronze in London and appeared at two rand Slam semi-finals; one at Wimbledon, the other in Australia.

The popular Argentine has established himself as one of the biggest names on the ATP tour in recent years. He has picked up 18 career singles titles - as well as one doubles success - whilst taking his prize money to over $15 million.

Del Potro's only Grand Slam win to date was at Flushing Meadows four years ago when he beat Marian Cilic and Rafael Nadal to book a final showdown with Roger Federer, one of the greatest tennis players of all-time. The word no.5 - at the time - conquered Federer in an epic match across five-sets.

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