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Robert Guerrero Injury Update: Surgery Next Week, Six Month Window for Return

Robert Guerrero is hoping to be out no more than six months. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Robert Guerrero is hoping to be out no more than six months. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Robert Guerrero will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his injured shoulder next week, and manager Bob Santos says he hopes he'll be back in the ring in about six months.

"After talking to Dr. Dillingham today, Robert will undergo an arthroscopic shoulder surgery procedure to take a closer look at the damage done to his rotator cuff," said Santos. "Right now the MRI shows a slight tear, but Dillingham advised us that it would be in our best interest to scope the shoulder to check for other damage that an MRI can't reveal. No definitive answer can be made as to when Robert Guerrero will return to the ring until after his surgery is completed next Tuesday. We are hoping he'll be back in six months, God willing his surgery goes smoothly."

Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KO) was forced to pull out of an August 27 fight with Marcos Maidana, and says that the injury is an old one for him, which will finally receive attention.

"I'm really disappointed that I had to pull out of the fight, but thankful that the steps are in motion to get healthy. This was a lingering injury I suffered playing football as a teenager that never got addressed," said Guerrero.

Guerrero, 28, has seen a promising career lack a breakthrough victory or big moment to propel him into stardom, as this is really just another in a series of setbacks for the Gilroy, Calif., native in his professional career. He has come through those setbacks in the past, and should do so once again.

"I know surgery is a dangerous procedure, but Dr. Dillingham is one of the best doctors in the country that specializes with this type of surgery. The good thing is my shoulder is going to get fixed and I'll live to fight another day," said Guerrero. "Times like this I must stay faithful to my lord and savior Jesus Christ who strengthens me through adversity."