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    ACL injury ruled out for Kelly Williams but MCL strain puts his Gilas stint in doubt

    Aug 5, 2015

    IT won’t take long before veteran big man Kelly Williams troops back to the playing court.

    Initial medical findings on the Talk ‘N Text stalwart revealed he suffered an MCL (medial cruciate ligament) strain, an injury that won’t require him to undergo surgery contrary to earlier perceptions shortly after he hurt his right knee during the first official practice of Gilas Pilipinas Monday night at the Meralco gym.

    No less than renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jose Raul Canlas examined and reviewed the MRI plates of the former PBA Most Valuable Player, whom he cleared of suffering from an ACL (arterior cruciate ligament) injury.

    [See Baldwin seeks prayers for Kelly Williams as initial signs on knee injury not good]

    The findings come as a huge relief for the 33-year-old Williams, who was ready to suit up again for the Philippine men’s basketball team following his inclusion in the 16-man Gilas pool formed by coach Tab Baldwin for the coming Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship in Changsha, China.

    At most, Williams just need to rest and strengthen his knee to get back to playing form again.

    “He’ll be out of action for at least six weeks,” a source close to the Fil-Am said.

    The required weeks of rest meant Williams may not likely able to join Gilas Pilipinas for the Olympic qualifying meet set from September 23 to October 3.

    But he's expected to be healthy enough again to play for the Tropang Texters when the 41stseason of the PBA kicks off on Oct. 18.

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    Williams, who has conquered a blood disorder to resume his PBA career, has again stood defiant after the latest setback, posting, 'Quitting NOT acceptable' on his Twitter account on Tuesday night.

    Here's his retweet:

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