MATTHEW Wright is disappointed to suffer an injury just as Gilas Pilipinas is in the final stretch of its preparation for the FIBA World Cup.
The Phoenix forward sat out practice on Tuesday as he was advised to take a rest for three to four days after incurring what the doctor termed as a ‘sprained ligament' in his ankle.
The diagnosis make Wright doubtful for the two-game friendlies the national team will have against the visiting Adelaide 36ers starting this Friday.
“It’s unfortunate because we don’t have a lot of time. I don’t know if I’ll be able to play in the tune-up games which is disappointing for me,” he said at the Meralco gym.
“But injuries are part of the game. I’ve been bitten by the injury bug before. I just hope that, God-willing, it will heal faster.”
Wright suffered the injury during the team’s practice on Monday, giving coach Yeng Guiao some concern.
The 28-year-old Fil-Canadian was a little bit worried at first.
“But I feel a lot more confident now after coming back from the doctor,” said Wright, who was assured that the two ligaments in his ankle are both intact.
Again, Wright knows time is of the essence for Gilas, which leaves for Foshan, China a week from now for the World Cup.
“We don’t have a lot of time to waste. And I want to be in absolute tip-top shape going to the tournament,” he said.