The current IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion Hiromu Takahashi will be out of action for an estimated six month period according to New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Earlier today, New Japan issued a short statement via their website, noting that Hiromu had been injured and would miss the forthcoming ‘Road to Castle Attack’ shows from Korakuen Hall.
Within the statement, NJPW also confirmed that ‘The Ticking Timebomb’ had sustained the injury on the February 19th card (in a tag team match with Shingo Takagi against Kota Ibushi and Tomoaki Honma) and was currently undergoing a medical evaluation.
New Japan have since issued an update via Twitter confirming that an injury to the left pectoral muscle will leave Takahashi on the sidelines for an estimated six months.
BREAKING: After medical assessment, Hiromu Takahashi's left pectoral injury will leave him out of action for an estimated six months. More information will follow.
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) February 22, 2021
New Japan have not yet commented on the status of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, although it should be noted that the company are often reluctant to strip their champions, as witnessed most recently with IWGP United States Champion Jon Moxley’s travel struggles.
Hiromu had been scheduled to defend his title against El Phantasmo at night two of the Castle Attack shows on February 28th.
The news comes as a cruel blow to Takahashi who had already spent a prolonged period on the sidelines due a neck injury suffered in 2018.
Everyone at Inside the Ropes wishes Hiromu a speedy recovery.