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    Injured Matt Rosser gutted to miss out on chance at another Gilas stint

    May 19, 2016
    Matt Rosser is eager to get back in top form and return to the national squad. Jerome Ascano

    INJURED guard Matt Ganuelas-Rosser expressed disappointment over missing out on a chance to vie for a spot in Gilas Pilipinas and play in the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

    The 25-year-old Ganuelas-Rosser underwent surgery and will start rehab. He was dropped from the 24-man pool of Gilas Pilipinas, along with Barangay Ginebra center Greg Slaughter due to injuries.

    Ganuelas-Rosser had wanted to regain a spot in the Philippine team after seeing action with Gilas in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship in Changsha, China.

    “Honestly, I am disappointed I can’t compete for a spot in the OQT,” said the Tropang TNT cager in an online interview.

    “Since we lost in the finals of Fiba Asia, I’ve been looking forward to be a part of this pool. I’m really sad I can’t be out there to represent our country this time,” he added.

    [See Rosario catches nap in gym in between practices of Gilas, Seaba-bound cadets]

    Ganuelas-Rosser said he has been playing hurt since he suffered a left toe injury in his rookie year and a right ankle injury right after the Fiba Asia Championship. The pain became unbearable towards the end of the Commissioner’s Cup, he said.

     “That’s when I was advised by my doctor and PT to get the surgery. The rehab could take up to three months,” said Ganuelas-Rosser, who already played in the national team before he was drafted in 2014.

    Ganuelas-Rosser is confident of a full recovery and is hoping to once again don the country’s colors in international play.

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    “I’m hoping with a lot of hard work, I can be back sooner and be ready for the Governors’ Cup,” said Ganuelas-Rosser.

    “God willing, if I’m given another opportunity (to be part of the national team), I won’t hesitate to serve,” added Ganuelas-Rosser.

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