WWE Superstar Neville won't need to undergo surgery to repair his fractured ankle suffered during a match against Chris Jericho on the March 16 episode of Raw. However, an exact return date has yet to be announced.
Continue for updates.
Neville Comments on Injury
Sunday, April 3
Neville provided a detailed update on the status of his ankle in an interview with Matt Fowler of IGN.com:
So, I’ve broken my ankle in two spots. Fortunately, it was a relatively clean break so it’s remained in position. The bone has remained in position. I don’t require surgery. I will have to rest it though. It’s a broken ankle. I can’t put any weight on it. That’s gonna be the case still for a few weeks to come. I’ve started trying out a little bit of rehab. I have a light bit of mobility, but it’s very difficult. My ankle is damaged and it’s just a game of patience. It’s not something I’m used to. I’m generally a very active person and this is the first injury that’s had me out for a long extended period. So, you know, I’m just not used to sitting around.
Neville Avoids Surgery, Out 2-3 Months
Wednesday, March 16
According to WWE.com, the British high-flyer fractured his left ankle during a contest that was cut short when Y2J was disqualified for putting his hands on the official.
Dr. Chris Amann described the nature of the injury and laid out the next step for the Man That Gravity Forgot:
Neville sustained a left ankle injury on a baseball slide during his match with Chris Jericho. Initial X-rays reveal a fracture of the ankle.
Neville had some repeat testing done in Orlando [on Tuesday] which included X-Rays and a cat scan of his ankle. Upon further review, it has been determined that surgical repair of the ankle would not be necessary. Instead, he will be treated nonoperatively with a cast and crutches. The estimated return for this type of fracture is usually 2 to 3 months.
As seen in this video, courtesy of WWE's official YouTube account, Neville appeared to suffer the injury at the seven-second mark:
Injury Stalls Neville's Promising Future
The 29-year-old Brit's WrestleMania role was uncertain, but vying for Kevin Owens' Intercontinental Championship appeared to be a possibility after Owens attacked him on the previous edition of Raw.
While Neville wouldn't have been a featured player at WrestleMania, he could have created an all-time memorable moment in a potential ladder match for the IC title, so his absence certainly hurts the depth and wow factor of the card.
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