Well, the rumours regarding Balor's participation in the Royal Rumble have been circulating for a while. Even though Finn has stated that he won't be cleared in time, fans are unsure about whether to believe him or not since Finn has been known to mess around with fans' expectations.
The latest reports have been coming in saying that Balor is scheduled to undergo medical testing this week that could potentially clear him in time for this Sunday. Here is the official statement from PWInsider:
Balor won the WWE Universal championship at Summerslam but suffered a labrum tear against Seth Rollins when he was powerbombed into the barricade. He relinquished the championship the next night and underwent surgery.
Dr. Jeffrey Dugas told WWE.com at the time that, “Finn’s injury was pretty severe, more severe than normal. A really high energy injury, it did more damage than a standard shoulder dislocation where you simply tear the labrum. The prognosis is excellent, however. We were able to fix it all and put it back where it came from. I’m anticipating him getting back at full speed.”
At the time of the injury, the belief was Balor would be out 4-6 months.
With the Royal Rumble about to kick off the official build to Wrestlemania, obviously WWE wants Balor back in the mix. We will see how soon that happens.