Absent WWE superstar CM Punk was listed as injured on a leaked script of this week's Raw, WrestlingInc.com reports.

The source - which admits that the authenticity and legitimacy of a script cannot be confirmed - claims that filed under miscallaneous, Punk is listed as injured with his status determined as simply 'tbd'.

Whether this means that the book has not been totally closed on a potential return for one of professional wrestling's most popular names is unclear, but if it such a report is legitimate then it could surely mean that CM Punk has not yet left the WWE for good.

35-year-old Punk - real name Phillip Jack Brooks - was a fan's favourite in the industry, but has not been seen on any WWE show since January's Royal Rumble event in Pittsburgh.

Few clues have been given as to the reason for his absence, with CEO Vince McMahon having commented that the Chicago native - a former WWE triple-crown champion, no less - was 'taking a sabbatical'.

Punk's hardcore fans had clearly not given up hope that he would make a triumphant comeback at Wrestlemania earlier this month, but such a return never materialised during an otherwise entertaining night.

But this 'leaked' script might just give them back that slightest hope that he could return to the company in the future.

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