PETRON guard Marcio Lassiter continues to undergo a rehabilitation and strengthening program on his back following a scary fall in the final quarter of the Boosters’ heartbreaking quarterfinal loss to San Mig Coffee last month but is on track for a return at the start of the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
The former Gilas top gunner arrived in Manila last week and has joined the team’s practice at the Acropolis gym in Quezon City, but his participation is limited to certain exercises, according to team physical therapist Ed Bacason.
“Nire-rest lang niya (Lassiter) yung likod niya as advised by the doctors. Kasi pag-uwi niya dito from the States, nagpa-check up uli siya at in-advice nga siya na mag-rehab muna ng mga two weeks then conditioning,” Bacason told Spin.ph.
He has yet to join scrimmages but has enough time to get ready for the import-laced, mid-season tournament kicking off on February 8.
Lassiter is hoping for an injury-free Commissioner’s Cup after being limited to just nine games in the Philippine Cup. The 25-year-old guard averaged 9.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 20 minutes of action in the Philippine Cup.
He was close to regaining top form after a long injury-enforced break when disaster struck in the game against San Mig, when he jumped high to deflect an inbounds pass by Peter June Simon to James Yap, lost his balance, and went down hard back first just behind the Mixers' goal.
He was later rushed to Medical City where X-rays showed he suffered a slight fracture in the lumbar area.