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    Matthew Wright, Poy Erram add to Gilas injury concerns as World Cup nears

    Aug 19, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    MATTHEW Wright has become part of the growing list of injured players for Gilas Pilipinas after the Phoenix forward sat out Monday's session due pains in his right ankle.

    "Definitely I had to sit out today. It was pretty painful so I need to get it checked out," he said as he deals with an inflammed peronial tendon.

    Wright is the latest player to be placed on the sidelines for the national team after Gabe Norwood, who dealt with a strained groin in the Spain trip, and Poy Erram, who suffered a sprained ankle during the session.

    Fellow gunslinger Marcio Lassiter has already been ruled out as he continues his recovery from a sprained left MCL.

    The 6-foot-2 sniper said that he'll get his ankle checked out to see the severity of his injury.

    "I'll get an MRI tomorrow on my ankle and see how it is. Hopefully, I won't miss a lot (of practices)" he said. "There's only one thing to do, go to the doctor and see what's going on. That's really it."

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      Wright, however, is confident he will be healthy in time for the 2019 Fiba World Cup, which is set to start in China on August 31.

      "I should be able to play there," he said.

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