When John Cena's face connected with Seth Rollins' knee on this week's Monday Night Raw WWE fans watching on winced at the sight of it.
Cena carried on the fight to his credit, but the damage was there for all to see when WWE published a number of backstage photos after the event. The photos had some questioning whether the veteran would be OK to compete at the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view.
Whilst Cena's status for the August 23rd event remains unclear, reports today revealing that he has been pulled from Friday's WWE live event will only add to the concern.
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As reported by NoDq.com, Cena will no longer be taking part in the WWE's upcoming live show set to take place this Friday in San Diego, California.
Cena was slated to face off against Kevin Owens in a steel cage match that, considering their recent rivalry, will have been hotly anticipated by the fans set to attend.
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It is unclear at this stage whether John Cena will miss further events but there is speculation that his absence from the ring could extend through the weekend and possibly beyond.
In all likelihood, considering the delicate nature of a nose break, the WWE are just being extra cautious ahead of SummerSlam and, providing John Cena avoids any further damage, he should hopefully be good to go by the August 23rd event.
Any time a WWE Superstar is kept out of action though, there is always concern that it could run on longer than anticipated. In 2015 alone we have seen a number of stars forced onto the sidelines for months longer than anticipated.
Although fans heading to the San Diego event will be disappointed to learn they won't get a chance to see Cena vs Owens up close, the WWE knows that it has to do everything in its power to make sure one of their biggest names is fit and healthy to compete when the big events roll round.
SummerSlam, alongside the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania, remains one of the WWE's biggest annual PPVs and, with the likes of Daniel Bryan already out of action coupled with the recent bad press generated by Hulk Hogan, the WWE can't afford any slip ups.
With John Cena set to go up against reigning champion Seth Rollins at the event losing him to a broken nose would be a disaster.
With that in mind, lets all hope that Cena's absence this weekend isn't a sign of a lasting problem.
WWE fans: Can John Cena defeat Seth Rollins at SummerSlam, and should he? Have your say in the comments below...
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