As I reported last week on Richard's Backstage Blog, WWE is targeting next month for Alberto Del Rio's return. Some have speculated he could be a surprise entrant in the 30-man Royal Rumble match but apparently that isn't likely.
Del Rio, who is currently recovering from a legitimate torn groin injury, won last year's 40-man Royal Rumble match. Below is a kayfabe Tweet from Del Rio's on-screen ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez:
If Mr Del Rio wasn't hurt he could easily win the Royal Rumble again this year. He did win the biggest Royal Rumble match ever after all! 🙂
— Ricardo Rodriguez (@RRWWE) January 24, 2012