MARC Pingris will miss the PBA bubble in Clark due to a calf injury, according to Magnolia team governor Rene Pardo.
Pardo’s confirmation on Tuesday came after the Magnolia veteran forward posted on Instagram that he will not be joining the team in the bubble. He didn’t indicate the reason why he will not play in the resumption of the conference.
Magnolia coach Chito Victolero also said that Pingris’ foot and ankle are also hurting.
“Chronic Foot/ankle injury radiating to lateral calf muscle,” Victolero said. “Painful upon landing and jumping. This is the injury of Ping, according to our PT.”
The Hotshots were the first team to arrive at the Quest Hotel where the players will be staying for a maximum of two months for the bubble.
The 38-year-old Pingris didn’t play in the only match of the Philippine Cup thus far of the season against San Miguel but was part of the active roster.
Pingris saw action in the Governors’ Cup after a lengthy recovery from an ACL injury that kept him out for a good part of the 2018 and 2019 season.
The former Gilas Pilipinas veteran vowed to give his best when he returns to action.
“Good luck guys! Sorry, hindi makakasama kuya niyo ngayon,” wrote Pingris on his Instagram account. “Babawi ako next time promise yan. Good luck sa lahat ng teams. God bless! Go PBA.”
Several other prominent players are not entering the bubble, among them Larry Fonacier of NLEX and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser of San Miguel, who will not suit up due to personal reasons.
Robert Bolick of NorthPort is also out as the team doesn’t want to risk his safety after just recovering from an ACL injury.