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    Beau Belga fears sitting out remainder of SMB series as ankle injury slow to heal

    Jul 6, 2015
    The aircast has been removed from Beau Belga's injured foot but the Rain or Shine big man says the pain still persists. Jaime Campos

    RAIN or Shine forward Beau Belga fears missing the remainder of the PBA Governors Cup semifinals against San Miguel Beer owing to an ankle injury.

    Belga admitted he still feels excruciating pain in his sprained ankle which he sustained during the opener of the best-of-five semis last week.

    The 250-pound forward from Gubat, Sorsogon already sat out Game Two last Saturday, when he showed up at the Smart Araneta Coliseum wearing an aircast on his right foot while trying to act as ball feeder to his teammates during warm-ups.

    Belga doubts if he is ready to play in Game Three on Monday night.

    “Ino-obserbahan ko pa eh, kasi masakit pa rin. Hindi ko pa rin matiyak kung makakalaro ako ngayon. Pero nakapag-shootaround ako kahit papaano kahapon,” said Belga.

    The former Gilas Pilipinas reserve big man expressed doubts on his availability based on the level of pain which limits the movements on his foot.

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    “Maski ako talaga personally, duda ako kung kaya ko lumaro sa Game Three. Sa Game Four, pwedeng oo, pwedeng hindi pa rin,” he said.

    Spin.ph caught Belga limping from the team dugout to the court after halftime of Game Two. The 28-year old former PCU Dolphin still tried to help out his teammates by feeding them the ball during the shootaround, which lasted only a few minutes as his foot began to hurt again.

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    Rain or Shine team therapist JD Calinawan bared Belga is no longer using the aircast, but still limps most of the time.

    “Wala na siyang aircast, so good development 'yun. Kaso may masakit pa nga rin daw. Mahirap namang pwersahin kasi paa 'yun eh. Bugbog 'yun sa laro. Tapos medyo mabigat pa si Beau,” said Calinawan.

    The youthful team staffer said he is waiting for an advice from the injured player himself.

    “Hinhihintay ko nga siya mag-text. Kasi sabi niya sa akin kahapon after practice, ite-text niya ko kung makakalaro siya. So far, wala pa siyang text,” he said.

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    Belga’s wife, Queenie, also bared the ordeal her husband has to endure at home owing to the injury.

    “Hirap talaga siya sa sitwasyon niya kasi hindi siya gaano makagalaw. Hirap siya sa hagdan. Nag da-drive siya pero hirap siya. Ngayon, medyo okay na. Kaso maingat pa rin siya eh, baka nga magpa-drive na lang siya talaga,” said Mrs. Belga.

    “Medyo limitado talaga ang galaw niya ngayon. Pag nasa upuan na siya sa sala, dun na lang muna siya. Pag nasa kama, stay siya muna run. Hindi kasi siya makagalaw mabuti. Kailangan rin niyang i-rest (yung paa),” she added.

    The injury, according to Queenie, also takes away from her husband’s quality time with their three-year son Zach.

    “Kahit nga sa alaga sa anak namin, hindi rin niya magawa. Kasi ilang siyang makipagharutan baka matamaan paa niya o mamali ng galaw. Hindi rin niya muna mabuhat saka makandong, kasi nasasaktan talaga siya,” she said.

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    The aircast has been removed from Beau Belga's injured foot but the Rain or Shine big man says the pain still persists. Jaime Campos
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