THE much-awaited gigantic clash between Petron's June Mar Fajardo and Barangay Ginebra rookie Gregory Slaughter on Christmas Day is in danger of not happening at all after Fajardo suffered an injury in practice.
According to team insiders, Fajardo injured his right knee when he tried to spin around Doug Kramer and ended up colliding with Ronald Tubid, falling immediately to the floor after the contact.
Fajardo and Tubid's knees collided during the accident, a source added.
The mishap happened as Petron was winding up its practice on Monday at the Reyes Gym as Fajardo prepared for his first PBA showdown with the 6-11 Slaughter, his rival since their days in the Cebu college leagues.
At posting time, Fajardo was still in the hospital and undergoing an examination on the knee, which team sources said has already swelled significantly.
“Namamaga pa rin ang tuhod niya eh. May natapakan kasi na kakampi sa ensayo kanina. Bigla siyang bumagsak,” said the team insider.
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“Namamaga pa rin ang tuhod niya eh. May natapakan kasi na kakampi sa ensayo kanina. Bigla siyang bumagsak." - Team source
Doctors will have a better idea on the extent of the injury after an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
Regardless of the MRI result, some Petron team officials already doubt if Fajardo will be healthy enough to suit up in Wednesday's battle between the PBA Philippine Cup co-leaders.
“Mamaya malalaman pero mukhang malabo ito (gumaling) sa isang araw. Maga eh. Mahirap pwersahin. Malaki pa naman siya. Baka lumala,” said source.
Even players of Petron were left in shock after seeing Fajardo wince in pain.
Teammate Chris Ross even asked for prayers in his tweet but didn’t elaborate.
“Prayers up!!!!!?????” he tweeted.