WWE reports John Cena has elbow surgery, expected to recover in 'two to three weeks'

ST. PETERSBURG - JULY 27: Actor John Cena takes in the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field on July 27 2010 in St. Petersburg Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Although he injured his ankle during his match against CM Punk at Night of Champions this past Sunday night (Sept. 16, 2012) in Boston, John Cena went under the knife today for a different reason.

WWE.com reports that Cena had surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow. From the report:

WWE.com has learned John Cena had surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow today. Dr. Andrews removed several pieces of bone cartilage from Cena's elbow through a scope. Cena will go home today and immediately begin his rehab in Tampa, Fla.

The report goes on to state that he's expected to fully recover within the next two to three weeks but an update on that timetable will be available come Thursday when he's scheduled to be reevaluated.

Cena was able to work just fine during last night's episode of Monday Night Raw when he teamed with Sheamus against CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio in the main event of the evening. His having this surgery doesn't necessarily mean he'll be off television while his feud with Punk heats up and, in fact, the angle with referees taking such center stage could have been in anticipation of Cena's surgery and subsequent recovery time. Obviously, he won't be getting too physical for a couple weeks but he should be fine by the time the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view rolls around on Oct. 28 in Atlanta.

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