Robert Guerrero Injury Update: "Ghost" Out Four Months to Have Arthroscopic Surgery

Robert Guerrero will be out of action for four months. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Robert Guerrero will be out of commission for about four months to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his injured left shoulder, reports ESPN.com's Dan Rafael:

"I'm just staying positive and praying about it," Guerrero told ESPN.com on Wednesday. "Right when I felt it, I thought, 'This isn't good.' And then waking up the next day and not being about to move my arm at all, it was scary. I was doing 500 push-ups a day and about 100, 120 pull-ups, and then you can't even move your arm. So it was scary.

"But I feel good about the test results and look forward to getting the surgery out of the way and getting my shoulder cleaned up and doing what I have to do to get back. I just got to take it one day a time, get the surgery done, get the rehab and get back to full-blown training."

Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KO) was scheduled to move up to the junior welterweight division and take on the dangerous Marcos Maidana (30-2, 27 KO) this Saturday on HBO, but the injury knocked him out of the fight last week, and the entire card was canceled. Overall, this is probably about as good a prognosis as could be expected, as there were early worries in his camp that the shoulder injury could have been career-threatening. Thankfully, it's not quite that serious, and he'll be back in the ring in 2012, likely in the first quarter of the year.

But even with this relatively good news, Guerrero's overdue breakthrough opportunity will have to wait even longer. His first fight back probably won't be a major test, and that's understandable. So a big chance for Guerrero will have to wait until next summer at the earliest, most likely.

Maidana will be fighting on September 16 in Argentina, and is also holding out hope that he'll get a rematch with Amir Khan in December.

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