09/03/2013 09:42 EDT | Updated 11/03/2013 05:12 EST

Rafael Nadal returns to Spain Davis Cup team for World Group playoff vs. Ukraine

MADRID - Rafael Nadal will play Davis Cup for Spain next week for the first time since winning the 2011 final.

He will team with Tommy Robredo, Fernando Verdasco and Marc Lopez for the World Group playoff against Ukraine at Madrid's Caja Magica from Sept. 13.

Nadal last played for Spain in December 2011, when he won the fourth and final point of the Davis Cup final against Argentina in Seville, earning Spain its fifth title.

Nadal's absence has been due in part to a knee injury that sidelined him for seven months last season.

Spain captain Alex Corretja says on Tuesday it will be a pleasure to have Nadal back as he always spreads "vitality and optimism" to his teammates.