BLACKWATER is keeping its fingers crossed after Paul Desiderio suffered what appeared to be an ACL tear on his left knee in the Bossing's preseason game against TNT Tropang GIGA last Friday.
A video shared by Desiderio's sister on Facebook showed the fourth-year guard from Cebu's left foot slipping awkwardly while he went for a drive against the Tropang GIGA at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside the Ateneo campus.
A check with Blackwater coach Ariel Vanguardia confirmed the injury, although the final diagnosis will not be known until Tuesday.
The initial diagnosis was an ACL tear.
"Final result (tomorrow), pero initial is ACL tear," said Vanguardia.
Vanguardia rued the injury at a time when the former University of the Philippines hero is rounding into form and the new season just days away.
"Ang ganda pa naman ng nilalaro n'ya," the coach said. "I'm sure devastated si Paul kasi excited talaga s'ya."
"Saka infectious ang energy niyang si Paul. Kasundo ng lahat yan."
The Bossing won that game against the Tropang Giga, 81-79.
Following the injury, Desiderio failed to join Blackwater in its team building in Montemar as he had to undergo MRI test the following day.