Dave Meltzer stated on the most recent episode of Wrestling Observer Radio that Daniel Bryan is still scheduled to be in the WWE Championship picture when he is able to return and that the "long term destination is still what the old destination was."
Meltzer said that the long term plan is still for Bryan to be the champion later this year, and that those were the plans as of yesterday. It was noted that if Bryan is not able to return by SummerSlam, then a lot of plans will change.
It also noted during the episode that Bryan is being groomed for a program with Brock Lesnar. You can listen to the full episode by clicking here (subscription required).