IT appears Jayson Castro’s injury isn't minor after all.
The explosive TnT guard is hampered by a hamstring strain and is likely out for the deciding Game Seven of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals between the Texters and the two-time reigning champion San Miguel.
A source close to Castro confirmed the injury which he suffered late in Game Six on Saturday night, which the Beermen won, 104-88, to forge a 3-3 deadlock in the best-of-seven series.
The hamstring strain in his left foot would take at least three weeks to heal, making him unlikely to play in Monday’s sudden-death match at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Castro, the two-time best point guard in Asia, no longer practiced with the team on Sunday.
But TnT coach Nash Racela said his best player in the team remains a game time decision, saying there is still the option that Castro could decide to play through the injury.
Castro hurt the leg with seven minutes to go in the payoff period of Game Six and promptly asked Racela to relieve him as he limped back to the bench. He wasn’t fielded back again.
In the post-game interview, he was obviously tentative with his answers when asked about the injury.
"Hindi ko pa malaman kung ano yung nangyari, pero siguro minor lang yung injury," said the TnT superstar. "Pero ok nman ako."
It turned out he was not.