The WWE's injury issues show no sign of relenting as we approach the end of 2015.
With the likes of Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Sami Zayn, Tyson Kidd and, of course, Seth Rollins all already out through injury, another name has now officially been added to the list.
That's after Cesaro, speaking in an interview with WWE.com this afternoon, confirmed the speculation that he had suffered a shoulder injury. And, unfortunately for his growing legion of fans, the timeline for his recovery isn't exactly positive.
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"So here's the good part," the Swiss Superstar began when asked about the surgery that will be required to fix a torn his left shoulder rotator cuff.
"Thanks to the quickness of WWE, I went to see the doctor this morning and will have surgery this afternoon. The faster the better for me, because the sooner I have surgery, the sooner I’ll be back. Luckily, they got me in before Thanksgiving."
Whilst Cesaro may be looking on the bright side in the aftermath of the news, things weren't so positive when it came to the Superstar discussing his rehabilitation:
"It’s pretty much up in the air, and I don’t want to be quoted on a timeframe (to return). I think the official timeframe I was told was like four to six months, but that all depends on how surgery goes, how my rehab goes and so forth."
Lengthy spell out
Although the wrestler didn't want to be tied down to the four-to-six month timeline, that is usually around the time required for such an injury to heal.
NBA star Kobe Bryant, for instance, was out for six months with the same issue earlier this year - and he isn't throwing himself around the squared circle.
WWE fans - and, specifically Cesaro's famed cheering squad - will be hoping that the star can heal quicker than the six-month scenario.
With the Royal Rumble already ruled out, if he is forced to miss half a year, the WWE would have to add yet another name to the ever-growing list of talent unavailable for WrestleMania 32 in April.
WWE fans: Who should be called up to replace Cesaro? Have your say in the comments below...
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