WWE had a 2015 to forget in terms of injuries, with plenty of big-name superstars all missing large portions of the calendar year.
The likes of; John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, and Nikki Bella were all sidelined for long periods of time, which really caused mayhem with booking and storylines.
Sadly for the company, 2016 has had it's fair share of injuries as well, with Luke Harper, Finn Balor, and Emma all suffering long-term injuries.
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With Harper and Emma close to returning, WWE have now suffered yet another long-term blow as Erick Rowan will now be sidelined for around four to six months following shoulder surgery.
Although Rowan isn't a massive player on SmackDown LIVE, it's still one less superstar for them to work with, and considering the blue brand already lack top-name talent, it's certainly an injury they could have done without.
It also leaves Bray Wyatt by himself, with his former family members Harper and Braun Strowman both drafted to Monday Night Raw during the brand split.
Rowan had surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn rotator cuff, the same injury that prevented Shelton Benjamin from making his long-awaited return to WWE and SmackDown LIVE.
To fully recover from this type of injury usually takes around four to six months, which means Rowan could be out of action until April, which is WrestleMania season.
Depending on how his recovery goes, Rowan could be back in four months, which would see him return in February, or he could be out for the full six months, which would be April time.
If it is the latter, we could see Rowan make a return around the time of 'Mania.
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