An injury within WWE is never welcomed and this is the case even more so when the character is currently promoting one of the leading story lines on the company's programming.
When it was revealed that Rusev had injured his ankle and would possibly be unable to compete at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event last month, nothing was ever fully confirmed as to the extent of the injury.
This was also the case during the Elimination Chamber kick-off show when the announcers said that it was a broken foot which Rusev had sustained, where as it was then said on Monday Night Raw that he had suffered a broken ankle.
Although the extent of both of these injuries is unquestionably detrimental to the Bulgarian Brute's chances of returning to the ring, it is surprising that WWE would be so unclear on the matter.
It has however now been confirmed that Rusev will be out because of the aforementioned injuries for at least two months, which is a huge blow to both him and the company given his current position on the roster.
With regard to the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event, it was easy for the company to replace Rusev in the Intercontinental Championship Title match given that there were so many competitors in it.
There was a lot of talk about Bray Wyatt being the person to replace the Bulgarian but it was actually Mark Henry who took the spot in the title match which Ryback eventually surprisingly won.
In recent WWE programming however, replacing Rusev has been a harder task for the company because of the push he was receiving prior to his injury.
Although he still made appearances on both Raw and Smackdown this week as part of promo segments, his physical hindrance means the story line of him and Lana breaking up and her pairing up with Dolph Ziggler instead, is somewhat less convincing.
With this in mind, it is clear WWE are trying to maintain interest in this angle and keeping Rusev on television in whatever way possible even if it is not the most conventional way for however long, is something that will need to be done.
Given his character, when Rusev does make a full physical recovery it will undoubtedly be with a huge impact and possibly on an unexpected occasion.
In addition, it has been suggested that he may alter his image in order to protect his ankle or foot by opting to wear boots to wrestle in instead of performing bare foot which he has done in the past.
Although this might not make a huge amount of difference in relation to healing the injury, it would surely provide more support than he has previously had so as not to encourage further damage to it.
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