BAD news, Barangay Ginebra fans.
High-scoring big man Gregory Slaughter may need two more weeks to recuperate from the right ankle injury he suffered after stepping on the foot of teammate Dorian Pena in practice, two days before Ginebra's debut game in the PBA Governors Cup against Alaska last May 8.
Spin.ph caught up with Slaughter shortly after his evaluation check-up with Dr. Enrique Pasion, and the 6-11 slotman was understandly down.
“My doctor told me to rest two more weeks. So that’s gonna be three weeks off for me. So hopefully I can get back in the gym to recover real quick,” Slaughter said in a somber mood.
“My ankle is really painful. If not, I will be out there playing. I can’t really do anything with it. It’s so painful,” he added.
Slaughter hinted that his injury will eventually require surgery to repair some tissues placed loosely outside his ankle joints, which was discovered in his most recent MRI scan.
Slaughter, however, said he is putting off the surgery until after the season, since going under the knife now will mean sitting out the entire Governors Cup.
“(Mine has some grinding loose fragments) outside the joints. Fortunately, my ankle isn’t grinding that much so it doesn’t require an immediate surgery,” he said.
“Maybe in the offseason, I can have it removed. I don’t want a surgery now, coz that would require a lot of time (off). I don’t want it touched now coz that will mean a whole conference for me,” Slaughter said.
Though he said the injury is 'improving day by day,' the soft-spoken former Rookie of the Year bared that his ankle is still swollen and he can't do pretty much anything else because of the severe pain.
The injured ankle is in aircast and he has yet to begin rehab or therapy. He has also asked Ginebra management to be excused from going to Ginebra games in the meantime.
“It’s really frustrating for me especially since we worked so much for this conference. Now we’re struggling at the start. It’s really frustrating for me since I know we have the tools to win,” he said.
“I can’t really do a thing. It’s very painful,” he added.
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Asked about fans criticisms on young big man Dave Marcelo, who has been trying to fill the void left by Slaughter and another injured big man in Japeth Aguilar, the Cebuano player said he’d rather see the fans rally behind the team.
“We’re gonna need (support) so other players can step up. Hopefully we can get the fans rally behind the team. We want to do everything we can to win,” he said.
Aguilar, who has a hamstring injury, is closer to a return and is listed as day-to-day.