TALK 'N Text forward Jared Dillinger is expected to miss the rest of the season as he is set to undergo surgery after figuring in a vehicular accident early Saturday morning.
"Jared was brought to the Makati Medical Center and immediately subjected to a battery of tests. The left iliac wing (pelvic bone) was found to have a comminuted fracture with 60% inward displacement," the team said in an official statement released through team manager Aboy Castro.
"This type of fracture poses a risk to professional basketball players who have to deal with all the running, jumping and contact involved with the sport."
Castro also said Dillinger will undergo surgery to realign his pelvis, which would require rest of up to 12 weeks before starting the rehabilitation process.
"On Wednesday, Jared will undergo a procedure to realign his pelvis and stabilize the fracture with metal plates and screws. He will not be ambulatory for 6-12 weeks to allow the bone to heal.
"Then he will start the long rehabilitation process to allow him to come back and play at the highest level of professional basketball. This process will take anywhere between three to six months, depending on how Jared's body responds to the operation and the rehab."
PBA Commissioner Chito Salud also expressed sadness at the fate suffered by the young Talk `N Text guard.
“It is always sad and concerning any time a member of the PBA family meets an accident of this nature. At the same time, we are relieved to know we are not confronted with a life-threatening situation in Jared’s case,” said Salud in a statement.
“We extend to Jared and his family our prayers and support as he goes through the process of healing and rehabilitation. His spirit and passion on court and the excellent organization he is a part of give me confidence Jared will be back in no time even better and stronger.
The 6-foot-3 Dillinger will also miss seeing action with the Gilas Pilipinas team, which is trying to finish at the top three in the Fiba-Asia men's basketball. The top three finishers will earn slots for the 2014 World championships in Spain.
The 29-year-old Dillinger is the second Talk 'N Text player to go down with an injury or ailment after Kelly Williams, who recently took a leave of absence due to blood disorder.