The article in L'Equipe suggests Rafa probably is more injured than the Nadal camp is saying.
I don't like either he needs a withdrawal, and it feels a bit embarrassing the world number 1 is withdrawing and being replaced by Gilles Simon, I'm well aware it's a major bummer for the tournament. ^^
Gilles keeps saying he doesn't like it either ("ça fait ch... pour lui"). We know since Madrid at least how much he loves Rafa!
He means that the goal is to manage to qualify for the semi-finals (that's the minimum, Gilles!!) And he doesn't want to be in Jo's group. But he's glad Jo will be there too since they're both "novices".
They also write that Delpo is leaving for Shanghai today, although the docs said he actually needs to rest 2 weeks, but I guess he wants to experience his first TMC, which I totally understand.
I just took a look at the TMC website (when does the draw take place?) and saw that nice little reminder in Gilles' profile:
"After winning back-to-back matches just three times in the first four months of the season, the 23 year old claimed his first title of the season at Casablanca..."