For fans of Randy Orton, the past few weeks haven't been easy.
They've seen the veteran Superstar miss a pay-per-view with a mystery injury only to discover Orton dislocated his shoulder carrying out the garbage. And, earlier this week, the WWE announced the Viper was facing four-to-six months out with the injury.
The bad news doesn't stop there. A report today, from F4WOnline, claims Orton's injury is akin to the issue that has kept two of his fellow wrestlers out the ring for the majority of 2015.
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According to the report, relayed by NoDq, Orton's shoulder issue is "very similar to what Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami have been dealing with."
Zayn and Itami have both been sidelined for six months now and there appears to be no sign of their imminent return to the ring. In fact, when Itami suffered his shoulder injury back in May, he was given a six-to-eight-month time frame for recovery.
To hear, then, that Orton's injury is similar in severity to the injured pair would suggest that those optimistic the veteran could be back in six, or even four, months are set to be sorely disappointed.
Big dates ahead
Going by previous reports, Orton was already going to be touch and go to be back in time for WrestleMania season.
Should today's update be correct, his ability to appear at the April event at Dallas' AT&T Stadium must now be a serious concern for the WWE hierarchy.
Of course, everyone's body heals differently, and the WWE Universe will be hoping Orton can progress along the path to rehabilitation quicker than either Zayn or Itami have managed.
Any chance of seeing Orton for January's Royal Rumble, though, now looks out of the question.
WWE fans: Who should the WWE push in the absence of Orton? Have your say in the comments below...
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