Will Ospreay has been cleared to return to the ring after suffering a shoulder injury during the New Japan Cup tournament in March. The injury sidelined him for the rest of the tournament, WrestleMania weekend, and beyond.
Ospreay has been given the green light to compete at the April 22 1PW All or Nothing event. He took to social media to reflect on his injury and being cleared to compete once again.
“I got cleared two days ago. It’s a weird one. I’ve seen my physio now for about five weeks, and I got range of motion back in my arm. The strength is there, somewhat, but because I was able to complete four strength exercises, apparently, I’m medically cleared. It does feel a lot better, but I feel there is still a lot of weakness in my arm. The sensible answer is to take a little bit more time off, but over the last 48 hours, I’ve been reminiscing and thinking about my 11-year career. It’s been incredible, but the one thing that has been constant, especially the last few years, is that the injuries have stacked up a lot more, recently.”
Ospreay continued, saying that he believes his body is deteriorating due to the physical style of wrestling he performs. He acknowledged that he has had to change his move set as a result of his aging body and injuries.
“I’m just going to enjoy myself, and hope for the best. I’m going to have to change things up a lot, but I’m going to compete, I’m going to come back, and I’m going to do the best of my abilities to do this as much as I physically can. I don’t know how long this ride is going to be, I’m going to be honest. I hope you guys enjoy the ride, that’s all. Much love,” he said.
In addition to his scheduled match against Bobby Fish at 1PW All or Nothing, Ospreay is also set to face Hiroshi Tanahashi on May 21 at NJPW Resurgence. It is currently unclear if Tanahashi, who suffered a broken rib at NJPW Capital Collision, will be able to compete in the upcoming match.
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