The recovery from a broken shoulder for Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney is taking longer than expected and as such, the band has wiped out their April tour dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

To refresh, Carney was injured back in January after being hit by a large wave. He suffered a dislocated and broken shoulder that required surgery. The band then canceled several tour dates earlier this year, but Carney was initially expected to be ready by April. That's not the case though, as the band is now eyeing a late May return to touring.

A statement issued by the band reads as follows:

We are very sorry to have to cancel our upcoming performances through April 23. Patrick sustained a dislocated and broken shoulder in January that required surgery. Working with the doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists since January, we had expected Patrick to be ready to return to touring in April. The recovery process and physical therapy has taken longer than anticipated and unfortunately Patrick is still unable to perform and needs additional time to heal. We thank all of our fans for their ongoing support and we look forward to getting back on the road as soon as possible.

The group will make their return May 28 at Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival in Spain. There are also a number of festivals scheduled for the band leading into June. Among them is a headlining appearance at the Mountain Jam festival in Hunter Mountain, New York on June 6. That's preceded by Cincinnati's Bunbury Festival on June 5 and followed by New York's Governor's Ball on June 7, which are the only North American shows scheduled at present.

The Black Keys are promoting their Turn Blue album, which has already yielded the singles "Fever,' "Turn Blue," "Bullet in the Brain," "Gotta Get Away" and the current track "Weight of Love."

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