EUGENE Phelps bared he has been nursing a bone bruisein his left foot that factored into his sub-par offensive showing in Phoenix’s 92-86 loss to Blackwater in the PBA Governors’ Cup last Sunday.
The prolific Fuel Masters import was limited to just 13 points on just 13 attempts – although he hauled down 17 rebounds – in 40 minutes against the Elite after he exploded for 53 points and 21 boards in their meeting in the Commissioner’s Cup when he stood in for Jameel McKay.
“I don’t want to blame it on my injury, but it’s kind of hard to play when your foot’s hurting,” Phelps said in a short chat with SPIN.ph after practice on Tuesday when he was on his second day wearing a protective boot.
“It was hurting like two days before our game, but during the game, I felt some popping,” he added. “It felt weird.”
The 27-year-old Long Beach State product said he’ll have the boot on for three more days per the doctor’s advice, before returning to practice.
Good thing, the Fuel Masters won’t be returning to action for another week as they take the court on August 18, Friday, against Meralco.
“Kaya ngayong may long break, para maging completely healed,” Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia said. “Most likely (makakabalik siya), God willing.”
Asked if Phoenix has a Plan B as far as it reinforcement is concerned, Vanguardia is still hoping that Phelps would finish out the season.
“Wala pa (Plan B), we’ll know by Saturday,” Vanguardia said. “Kasi to be fair with Eugene, we don’t want naman na he’s completely healed, kasi napilitan maglaro last game, so na-limit yung production.”