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Rick Boogs: Shinsuke Nakamura has been out of action with hand injury

Nakamura hasn't wrestled since a house show that took place on December 18.

During an appearance on Fox Sports' Out of Character with Ryan Satin, Rick Boogs revealed why Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura has recently been out of action.

Boogs said Nakamura suffered a hand injury that has kept him away from in-ring competition. Nakamura hasn't wrestled since teaming with Boogs to defeat Happy Corbin & Madcap Moss at a house show in Rockford, Illinois on December 18.

Boogs spoke about Nakamura's injury when asked if he's interested in eventually breaking out and doing more singles work in WWE. 

"I think it's inevitable that it's gonna happen. I'm not looking to like rush it by any means because I feel like me and Shin have not even scratched the surface yet of what we can do together, combining our forces," Boogs said.

"We're just getting cooking here. We've only had a couple of tag matches together. And he suffered a hand injury that's kept him out for close to two months now it seems like. So, I'm kind of just looking forward as of right now for him to be healthy and cleared and then us just kick some tail. And then from there, down the road we'll branch off. I'm in no rush with that."

Boogs said the only time he hasn't had Nakamura by his side was at a house show the day after Christmas.

Nakamura has remained on TV while not wrestling.

Sami Zayn became the number one contender to Nakamura's Intercontinental title by winning a 12-man gauntlet match on the Christmas Eve episode of SmackDown. A date has yet to be set for that title match.