Anthony Joshua is expected to return to the Octagon on Friday.
It is unclear what his timetable is, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the former world heavyweight champion will have a bone bruise on his left shoulder.
The New York Daily News reported on Wednesday that a MRI on the injury revealed a laceration on the bone, though the report does not specify a date for surgery.
ESPN’s Jeff Borzello also reports that Joshua is still in the hospital recovering from a rib injury suffered in November.
The UFC has not yet confirmed the severity of Joshua’s shoulder injury.
The 30-year-old Joshua, who has won the last two of his five UFC titles, is coming off a devastating defeat to Floyd Mayweather in July.
Joshua was knocked out in the fifth round of their fight in Vegas.
The fight, which came after an eight-round main event, was viewed by many as one of the most important UFC fights of the year.
The next step in Joshua’s recovery is to have a CT scan on his shoulder.
He is scheduled to have the surgery Friday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
He also suffered a concussion in a June 30 win over Carlos Condit at Madison Square Garden.