JAPETH Aguilar has been ruled out of the Gilas Pilipinas team to the 2015 Fiba-Asia Championship after undergoing surgery for an old injury on his left pinky that will keep him out for a maximum of 12 weeks.
Aguilar’s agent Marvin Espiritu posted a photo of Aguilar’s deformed finger on his Instagram account then confirmed to Spin.ph the Ginebra forward underwent surgery to repair the damage two weeks ago.
Espiritu added the 6-9 Aguilar will definitely not be able to reprise his role for the Gilas team after being part of the side that finished runner-up in the 2013 Asian championships in Manila.
Aguilar, who was also a member of the Gilas team in the Fiba World Cup in Spain, had informed national coach Tab Baldwin of his condition as early as the semifinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup, Espiritu added.
According to his agent, Aguilar played through the pain caused by the injury which he sustained last season. The surgery entailed the use of screws to repair the damage on his left pinky finger.
“Last season niya nakuha ‘yan. After the third conference, we decided to have surgery na,” said Espiritu.
“Old injury na ‘to na lumala ng lumala. Nasira na ‘yung mga joints niya, ‘yung buto, bumaluktot na kasi tinatape lang niya ‘yung daliri niya na ‘yan,” Espiritu added.
Aguilar joined a growing list of players who have either begged off or are in danger of missing out on the September 23 event serving as the Asian qualifier for the Rio Olympics next year.
Ginebra teammate LA Tenorio has begged off from consideration while Marc Pingris, Marcio Lassiter and June Mar Fajardo are listed as doubtful for varying reasons.
Interestingly, all belong to teams owned by San Miguel Corp.
Espiritu said they informed Baldwin about the surgery ahead of time.
“Actually, alam na rin ni coach Tab ‘yan since nung playoff time of the third conference. Nag-reach out kami kay coach Tab na courtesy lang na magpapa-opera siya,” Espiritu said.
Espiritu, however, assured Aguilar will be healthy in time for the new season.
“After surgery, fully recovered na siya. ‘Yung 12 weeks, maximum na ‘yun so puwedeng mas maaga, depende sa recovery niya,” said Espiritu.