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    Gilas hoping 'minor miracle' will enable Lassiter to be fit for World Cup

    Jul 26, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    YENG Guiao considered the injury to Marcio Lassiter as a 'really bad news' for Gilas Pilipinas' coming campaign in the FIBA World Cup in China.

    Guiao said injuries do happen although he rued it was unfortunate Lassiter suffered the grade 2 MCL injury on his left knee with only a month left before the global showpiece.

    "We're sad, we're disappointed because Marcio is a key member of the team," said Guiao on Friday during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2009 Trophy Tour.

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    Lassiter is expected to be out of action for at least six weeks, but Guiao said the national team is not yet giving up on the 30-year-old Sa Miguel Beer gunner.

    Gilas kicks off its World Cup campaign on August 31 in Foshan with a game against Italy, giving Lassiter just five weeks to recover from the injury and be in game shape.

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      "We're hoping that a minor miracle happens that he should be able to get back in three or four weeks," he said. "But we're already preparing a contingency plan just in case he failed to make it."

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