TNT guard Jayson Castro is looking to return in time for the playoffs of the PBA Governors’ Cup after suffering an injury that also kept him out of the Gilas PIlipinas side competing in the Southeast Asian Games.
Castro sustained a soleus muscle strain in his leg during a Governors’ Cup match against NLEX recently. But the longtime Gilas Pilipinas starting guard has started doing drills and is confident of a return in time for TNT’s playoff run.
“’Yun ‘yung timeline na binigay sa akin ng mga PT [physical therapist] namin,” said Castro, referring to the playoffs.
Castro on Wednesday also did shooting practice for the first time after rehab, but the cat-quick guard said he has yet to take part in practices with contact.
“Almost one week na ako nagre-rehab, then this is my third time na sa court ako. First time na nag-drills ako, and then next week, baka makasali na ako ng mga ibang drills nila pero without contact at may rehab pa na kailangan gawin para ma-test kung nag-heal siya.
“So far, okay naman lahat at nakaka-recover body ko kasi ‘yung first three days ko at rehab ko, rest talaga without basketball,” said Castro.
Castro’s injury has also forced him to miss the coming SEA Games which the country is hosting. Castro was going for his second SEA Games gold after wearing the country's colors as an amateur back in 2007.
“Siyempre [nanghihinayang] kasi malapit na ‘yung SEA Games and then nangyari ‘yung ganun. Hindi maiwasan talaga na kailangan lang talaga mag-focus ako sa rehab ko at sa workout ko na more on individual at magpalakas talaga,” said Castro.
Castro can't wait to rejoin full practice.
“As of now wala pa talaga,” said Castro, referring to when he will get back to full practice. “Malalaman ko pa lang by next week siguro kasi sa workout, doon ko malalaman kung makakakasali ako sa drills without contact.”