John Cena out indefinitely

John Cena issued his first public comments regarding the neck injury that has sidelined him indefinitely.

“It needs to be dealt with because I lost most of the feeling in my right arm and am having pain in my shoulder,” Cena told “I’m losing 20 percent of my strength per day. If I don’t do anything about it, the injury will end up rupturing and then the surgery will be more difficult. It’s not easy, because surgery never is.”

Last year, Cena missed considerable time when he tore his pectoral muscle. He later made a remarkable return to the ring months ahead of schedule at the Royal Rumble this past January.

“It’s a different injury than the pectoral tear because that was more of a muscle injury; this is concerning my bones, which has a lot less blood flow than muscle tissue. It also has to do with my neck, which is a very fragile area,” Cena described.

“Every moment I stay away from the table is another moment something bad can happen. The disk is so bulged out and inflamed that any sudden move could make it worse.”

Cena recognizes what he needs to do, even if it means stepping away from the ring for some time.

“You can either do one or two things: You can be upset or pout or you can know what to do to get better,” Cena said. “I’m already in the mode of getting the surgery as quick as I can.”

He continued, “In the last ten months, I’ve really focused on functional strength training and I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. My goal is to talk to the neurosurgeon about how quickly I can get back to full-throttle training and getting back into the ring. And that’s the ultimate goal – to be strong as I can and get back into the ring as soon as possible.”

Cena is scheduled to see doctors this morning with neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon at the University of Pittsburgh.

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