Chot Reyes not closing door on injured Terrence Romeo as Gilas heads to Japan
Chot Reyes admits Terrence Romeo's absence hasa 'big effect' on Gilas ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Chinese-Taipei. Kiev Iz Kresta

GILAS Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes left a window open for Terrence Romeo regarding his spot in the roster for the first Fiba World Cup qualifying match against Japan on November 24 in Tokyo.

Romeo has been sidelined with a knee contusion that's “nothing serious” according to Reyes, but has reduced the GlobalPort superstar to a spectator in the times when he was able to attend national team practice.

“He's still...I guess the best way to say it is parang day-to-day, or hindi naman day-to-day, but it's unsure,” national coach Chot Reyes said during the team's sendoff luncheon on Saturday. “We really don't know until the time comes. He's come to a few practices, but hasn't been able to do any scrimmages. But he's still part of the pool.”

Reyes admitted Romeo's potential absence has a big effect on the team, but is still optimistic that the high-scoring guard can make the roster.

“Malaki (effect), (but) we're not giving up on Terrence,” Reyes said. “We still hope that he can still make the lineup.”

Reyes is optimistic enough, so much so that the injured Romeo is still coming with the team along with the whole 16-man pool to Japan before the final lineup will be known the night before the game.

“The plan is to bring the entire pool to Japan,” Reyes said. “Everyone in the pool has a chance to be in the lineup. We haven't struck out anybody.”

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