KIEFER Ravena is nursing a Grade 3 sprain on his right ankle that takes about four weeks to heal, ruling him out of the first Ateneo-De La Salle game of the season and perhaps a few more games for the Blue Eagles.
Ravena's doctor, Randy Molo, said the third-year Ateneo star has suffered the worst kind of ankle sprain, similar to the injury that sidelined San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker for four weeks during the last NBA regular season.
“The most severe kind yung (ankle) injury niya. It’s a recoverable injury kaya lang time frame wise it will take a little bit longer than a Grade 1 type (of sprain),” Molo told Spin.ph.
The good news, according to Molo, is Ravena's injury will be on its second week by Sunday - the same day the King Eagle will mis the match against their arch-rivals De La Salle Green Archers.
Ateneo has ruled out Ravena for the crucial match.
“When somebody’s status is day-to-day, anything goes. Meaning he can come back this day or he can come back at a later date,” said Molo, who is taking charge of Ravena’s treatment with Dr. Raul Canlas still in Sydney.
But the young doctor reiterated that Ravena will be fine and the injury will only need time to fully heal.
“It’s not surgical naman so I think he’ll be fine. If you noticed, Tony Parker came back (from this type of injury) and he played really well,” he said.
Molo added: “His (Ravena) case is just a timing issue. If it happened two or three weeks before, he’ll surely make it (to the La Salle game) now.
”Theoretical time frame for this injury is really three weeks talaga. His third week will fall next Sunday, so we’ll see how he improves. Fortunately, they have a one-week break. Tamang tama lang yun.”
Ravena played just eight minutes in Ateneo's opening game against National University and sat out last weekend's match against Far Eastern University - both of them losses.
If his injury takes the full four weeks to heal, Ravena will have to sit out not just Sunday's game against La Salle but also matches against Adamson (July 14), University of the East (July 17), and University of the Philippines (July 21.)
However, Molo bared that Ravena is already showing significant progress in his rehabilitation drills.
“May mga nagagawa na siya (na movements). Nakakatakbo na siya, although may ilang (movements na) nakakaramdam pa siya na pain,” Molo said.
As for the effects of the long layoff on his conditioning, the sports doctor revealed that Ravena has been diligently doing workouts at home and in practice and should not find it hard to regain top shape.
“What he is doing now, he does his thing on his own kahit sa bahay so I don’t think that (conditioning) will be an issue,” the ortho-surgeon said.
“Kita naman sa bata na he is very dedicated.”