FAR-fetched as it may be, June Mar Fajardo said he is still giving himself a small chance of suiting up for Gilas Filipinas in the Fiba Asia Cup despite his injury.
The 6-foot-10 center said if ever the right calf injury he sustained just a few days ago gets better, there’s a possibility he might opt to play in Beirut, Lebanon for the August 8 to 20 Asian meet.
“Siyempre lalaro pa rin tayo,” said the San Miguel star when asked if he’ll see action for the national team if and when his condition improves once he’s in the Middle East.
Fajardo, who will still join the rest of the Gilas team in the meet notwithstanding his injury, said management has the go-signal for him to play if ever that would be the case.
“Oo,” was his curt reply. “Pero depende sa akin yun.”
But that’s better said than done.
As per the medical certificate provided by San Miguel before the Commissioner’s Office, Fajardo needs one full week of rest and another week of strengthening with physical therapy (consists of ultrasound on affected areas, aquatheraphy, and other management methods) for him to recover from the injury he sustained in the Beermen’s 97-91 win over TnT Katropa in the PBA Governors Cup Wednesday night.
Attending physician Svetlana Maris Aycardo signed the medical results.
Fajardo, the league MVP the past three seasons, didn’t suit up in the team’s 104-98 loss to Star Hotshots Friday night at the Smart Aranera Coliseum, but watched the action from the team bench.
He walked around with an obvious limp on his right leg, and admitted the injury hurts especially when he’s climbing stairs.
“Masakit siya lalo na pag-akyat sa hagdan,” said Fajardo. “Sana mawala yung sakit.”
He also admitted ultrasound test on Thursday revealed a previous tear on the right leg.
“Yung lumang tear daw yun,” the 26-year-old Cebuano said.