FIL-Am guard Jared Dillinger has been cleared to practice for Gilas Pilipinas after hurting his left calf while in training for the Fiba World Cup in Seville, Spain.
The left-handed playmaker accidentally hurt his calf while trying to push himself hard in training even though he wasn’t part of the 12-man group that played in the world championship.
“It was during the World Cup, just the day before the Senegal (game) when I hurt it,” Dillinger told Spin.ph on Wednesday shortly after the Asian Games send-off for Gilas Pilipinas at Max’s Restaurant at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Dillinger said he’s been undergoing treatment religiously since the team arrived in Manila from Spain last week.
“I got my treatment as soon as we got here (in Manila). I’m just happy it’s okay now and we got a few more days,” he added.
Dillinger will be part of the Gilas squad that will play in the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Given the strong opposition in the Asiad led by Iran, defending champion China, and host South Korea, the 6-foot-4 Dillinger said he’ll try to bring stability in the Gilas backcourt and at the same time, provide some hustle.
“I’m gonna play point this time since there’s no Jayson Castro out there, only Jimmy (Alapag) and LA (Tenorio). But I can shoot the ball, play defense, knock down open jumper if it’s there,” he said.
Gilas has been hit with the injury bug since the team finished its campaign in the World Cup.
Castro has been ruled out of the Asiad due to an Achilles heel and left knee injuries, while Marc Pingris skipped Wednesday’s practice to also rest his right ankle, which he sprained in Spain.