DOCTORS fear Greg Slaughter has torn an ACL in his right knee after an awkward landing in his first game back for Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Governors Cup after a three-month layoff, a source told SPIN.ph on Saturday.
The Ginebra big man proceeded to the St. Luke's Hospital immediately after Ginebra's 93-86 win over Mahindra on Friday night to undergo examination on the knee which he hurt during a rebound play in the second half.
According to a source, the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) result confirmed the doctors' worst fears, revealing a tear on the ACL that could sideline the 6-11 big man for the rest of the campaign and the early stages of next season.
Ginebra officials, sources said, are still clinging to the hope that the injury isn't as bad as the initial test had shown as they await the opinion of renowned orthopedic surgeon George Canlas.
Ginebra coach Tim Cone or any other team official has yet to come out with a statement on the matter.
However, a source revealed that chances that Slaughter has a torn ACL based on the initial findings is at '90 percent.' He added Slaughter and Ginebra officials were present when the initial diagnosis was given.
The tear may even be complete, the source added.
According to sources, Slaughter, an MVP contender this season, may have been favoring the ankle on his right leg which has sidelined him for months during the course of the game against Mahindra, making the left knee vulnerable to injury.
ACL injuries usually require six to nine months of recovery.