SAN Miguel has welcomed Terrence Romeo, Paul Zamar and Ronald Tubid to its fold, but the defending four-time Philippine Cup champion will enter the season without one of its key players.
Alex Cabagnot is set to miss a number of games to start the all-Filipino conference to recover from nasal reconstructive surgery after finally undergoing the procedure which he had postponed for two years.
"It's like a freshly broken nose. It's freshly refixed from before because the procedure took longer than expected," he said.
Cabagnot has held off going under the knife since suffering a depressed nasal fracture from a hit from Cliff Hodge in December of 2016.
"It has been three years since it happened so there's a calcium buildup and a bone has formed in that deviated way," he said.
The operation was supposed to be done after the Beermen's ouster in the season-ending Governors' Cup, but the veteran guard delayed the procedure to fulfill obligations with the UP Fighting Maroons in the UAAP where he serves as an assistant coach, and Team Pilipinas for the fifth window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.
But in December, Cabagnot finally had it done and the swelling remains evident as San Miguel returned to practice on Wednesday.
"Every two weeks, the doctors have to see if it's healing correctly. They have to observe it. But I have to wear a mask for the first three months and we're just gonna go from there. Hopefully I can expedite the healing process, God-willing," he said.
Aside from Cabagnot, defensive winger Matt Ganuelas-Rosser is also out for at least two months as he recuperates from his right shoulder surgery.
"Hopefully, I'll be back in time for the playoffs," he said.