FIBA: Injury concerns pile up for Gilas Pilipinas

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 19 2019 11:03 PM

Gilas Pilipinas big man Poy Erram ices his ankle after practice. Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The injury bug bit Gilas Pilipinas on Monday night, as both Matthew Wright and Poy Erram sustained knocks during practice at the Meralco Gym.

Wright sat out the 5-on-5 scrimmages with what was initially diagnosed as a peroneal tendon strain in his right ankle, while Erram suffered a bad fall during a rebounding play and twisted his right ankle as well.

The NLEX big man missed the rest of practice in favor of icing his ankle, but later said it was "nothing serious."

"Ah, natapilok lang. Medyo ano eh, masakit, pero ayun, kaya naman," said Erram, who was still in pain after practice.

"Hindi siya tulad ng iba na high ankle na injury. So nothing serious naman. Ayun, titingnan pa, iche-check pa bukas kung ano pwede gawin," he added.

Wright, for his part, will get an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury, but is confident that he won't miss much time.

"Hopefully I won't miss a lot but definitely, I had to sit out today. It was pretty painful so I need to get it checked out," he said.

Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao later said that Wright is "day to day" with the injury.

"Sana naman okay siya. Si Poy is just a regular sprain, so si Poy siguro hindi naman magkaka-problema. 'Yung kay Matthew ang medyo worried ako," he admitted.

The national team's practice continued to intensify as the FIBA World Cup draws nearer, even with the team still missing June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario. All three are coming off a grueling Finals series in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Even with the absence of three key players, Guiao liked the progress that he saw in practice.

"We're doing well, really. Actually some of you guys are witness to our practices. We're moving a lot better now, we're getting the chemistry, the cohesion. The Spain camp was good for us," he said.

Gilas will continue with daily practices this week, before playing tune-up games against the Adelaide 36ers on Friday and Sunday.

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