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Robert Guerrero’s injury update: Partial tendon tear in rotator cuff

By Dan Ambrose: An early diagnosis of light welterweight Roberto Guerrero’s left shoulder has revealed that he has a partial tendon tear of his rotator cuff, according to his manager Bob Santos in speaking to ringtv. The tendon tear was revealed during an MRI exam. Guerrero will be seeing Michael Dillingham, the San Francisco 49er’s team physician, to find out more.

However, it’s still unclear whether Guerrero will need surgery or not. To be sure, a partial tendon tear of the rotator cuff isn’t as bad a full tear, but it could still require surgery depending on the severity of the injury. The treatment for partial tears are often physical therapy. If it doesn’t respond, surgery is an option that often follows.


Guerrero was supposed to be facing Marcos Maidana on August 27th. However, during a sparring session on Wednesday, Guerrero hurt his left shoulder when he landed a shot against one of his sparring partners. Unfortunately, rather than stopping on the spot and possibly minimizing the damage to the shoulder, Guerrero reportedly continued to spar for another two to three rounds, according to ringtv. Who knows what the extra sparring may have done to worsen the problem. When you’ve got a tendon tear, the worse thing you can do is to continue to use the affected area.

Guerrero wants to get back in the ring as soon as possible. Hopefully, the injury doesn’t require surgery. In either case, it’s likely going to be a while before Guerrero is ready to resume training.

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