Coming off the injury-ravaged year that was 2015, the WWE were dealt the cruelest of blows to start 2016 when John Cena was revealed to have suffered a serious shoulder injury.
The veteran Superstar tore his rotator cuff and went in for surgery last week amidst fears that he could be out of action for between six-to-nine months.
And, judging by comments made this week by the surgeon who performed the operation, you can understand why it might be some time before we see the 15-time champion back in the ring.
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“He had a complete tear of a small portion of the rear rotator cuff tendon, the infraspinatus — toward the top-back of his shoulder — which I repaired,” explained Dr. Jeffrey Dugas in an interview with WWE.com.
“Also, there was a large piece of loose tissue in his shoulder that needed to be removed.”
Whilst Randy Orton, another superstar dealing with shoulder issues, revealed recently he wouldn't need to go under the knife, it appears the damage sustained by Cena at the turn of the year was more problematic.
Even with the surgery having been deemed a success, the WWE doctor warned there is still a long road ahead for Cena - not least because there has been "some deterioration in the AC joint," per NoDQ.
"The first hurdle is getting the cuts to heal and getting cartilage to form over the defect," said Dugas. "After that, we'll get back to function."
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The more we learnt about John Cena's injury, the more it looks like rumors that he'll miss WrestleMania 32 are accurate. With such a severe (and painful sounding) injury, come months of rehabilitation.
The entire WWE Universe is just hoping the 38-year old company man can come back as strong as ever.