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WWE are delaying Kevin Owens' return to the ring as he continues his injury recovery

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After a tough few months, Monday Night Raw seems to be getting back on its feet at the start of 2019, with Finn Balor the number one contender to Brock Lesnar, the return of John Cena and Sasha Banks planting the seeds for a Four Horsewomen feud.

Raw was dealt a bad hand last year, with several injuries and the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the departure of Roman Reigns.

There's been two major, significant misses when it comes to the red brand in that late 2018 struggle - and that is Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.

After he lost Zayn to his own injury troubles, Owens feuded with Braun Strowman before being put out of commission by Bobby Lashley, and it was only then it was announced that KO needed double knee surgery.

It doesn't seem as though it was major as the normal recovery time for a major knee problem would be nine months to a year, but Owens looks like he's nearly ready to return, and has shifted a considerable amount of weight since we last saw him.

Now it seems the company has a time-frame in mind for the 'Prizefighter' to get back in the ring, but don't expect a surprise Royal Rumble entry.

Per WrestlingInc, The Wrestling Observer have confirmed that Owens is set to be cleared fairly soon, but WWE are going to hold off on his return - all the way until after WrestleMania.

Kevin Owens is set to return to the WWE ring just after WrestleMania.

That's a fairly long time away, just under three months to be precise, and considering the company ran a 'returning soon' vignette for Owens just last month, maybe plans have changed.

It's also interesting to note that Sami Zayn states on Chris Jericho's podcast a few weeks back that he is nowhere near ready to return yet after his shoulder surgery back in June, but maybe he was just trying to tease his listening fans as his vignette also ran at the same time as KO's.

Hopefully there are some big plans for KO when he does eventually step back into a WWE ring, as he's far too talented to get lost in the shuffle.

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