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Cody Rhodes is on the shelf due to a torn pec with his last match happening at WWE Hell in a Cell against Seth Rollins.

Because the pec was already completely torn and no further damage would be done to the injury by wrestling, Rhodes insisted on going forward with the match.

The injury typically takes several months to recover from, and WWE stated that he could be out for nine months.

While speaking to TMZ Sports, Rhodes noted that he is getting closer to making a WWE return. He also stated that doctors won’t give him a timeline for when he could return to in-ring action because they know he would try to return quicker than they would recommend, which could lead to him reinjuring himself.

“No complaints. They’ve treated me like the house that built me, which they were. And honestly, it was amazing. We were back, and everything was rolling so fast, and then I tore my pec. It was like the best three months of my life. Hopefully, get back to that soon. I was told I have the strength of an 11-year-old, but I was pretty strong at 11. Hopefully soon.”

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Rhodes was then asked about a timeline for his return.

“You know they haven’t really given me one because they know I’m stupid, and I’d try to test it. I got in my mind where I want to be, and I think a lot of fans have in their mind where I’d like to be, and that’s hopefully where it’s at. Right now, I do actually agree with what’s going on because I think what happens next hopefully and what we do, and this is all speculative up in the air. Hopefully, it’s a run that people remember, and I got to be healthy for it.”

Rhodes has previously hinted at making his return during the Royal Rumble match next year. Click below for the entire interview:

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article, please credit TMZ Sports with an h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.