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Will Ospreay Provides New Update On His Injury Status

Will Ospreay

The Kingpin of the United Empire Will Ospreay has provided an update on the injury that caused him to vacate the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.

The Englishman became the second person to ever hold the revamped IWGP World Heavyweight Title when he defeated inaugural champion Kota Ibushi at Sakura Genesis in April.

In May news broke that Ospreay was injured and would be forced to vacate the championship. At the time New Japan Pro Wrestling released a statement saying:

“On May 4’s night two of Wrestling Dontaku in Fukuoka, Will Ospreay sustained a neck injury. As a result, Ospreay will not be participating in the next series of events and will instead return to the UK for treatment and rehabilitation.”

“There is no timetable for Ospreay’s return to action at this time, and as a result, his IWGP World Heavyweight Championship will be vacated.”

At Dominion in June, the question of the championship was answered when Shingo Takagi faced Kazuchika Okada for the vacant title. In a barnstorming match, Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Takagi was able to defeat Okada to claim the richest prize in Japanese wrestling.

As for the question of Will Ospreay, he has updated fans on social media with the latest on his condition. Ospreay tweeted:

“Today I was given the MRI results about my back, and although the news wasn’t the best, they did say it’s treatable. Now I’m motivated to comeback.”

Will Ospreay had previously tweeted about the MRI he was scheduled to get as there was concern that the same condition found in his neck could be in his lower back as well.

“Had my physio pop over the house today & after further digging I’m now being referred for another MRI on my lower back as well for fears I may have the same issue in my neck. Things ain’t looking good, but I’m determined to comeback this year. Thanks for all the support.”