Allein Maliksi back in Star practice as suspension lifted
Allein Maliksi is back sweating it out in Star practice. Karlo Sacamos

ALLEIN Maliksi is ready to get back in action as he has been given the green light to report back to Star practice.

The fifth-year wingman returned to training on Tuesday, his indefinite suspension for venting his thoughts on his playing time - or the lack of it - on social media lasting a week.

Maliksi, a former Barako Bull first-round pick who is in his second season with the former Purefoods franchise, declined to grant an interview, deferring to his agent, Danny Espiritu, for comment.

“Si boss Danny na lang kasi baka ma-misinterpret yung sabihin ko,” the 28-year-old cager said.

Sought for comment by, Espiritu confirmed that Maliksi's suspension has been lifted by management and he expressed hope that the forward will be seeing action in Star's next game.

[See Webb hopes Maliksi punishment is what's best for both parties]

The former University of Santo Tomas star said he has apologized to coach Jason Webb for his actions and the matter was no longer brought up in practice.

“Hindi na namin pinag-uusapan dito, pero nag-sorry na ako kay coach.”

Webb didn’t comment on Maliksi’s status, but expressed hope that he and new addition Mark Cruz can help especially in the absence of injured center Rafi Reavis.

“We’re hoping those guys can contribute.”

Star's next game is against NLEX on Sunday. Maliksi was never removed from the Hotshots' active roster and his pay was never withheld in the duration of the suspension, but it is still Webb's call on whether Maliksi will be used in that game or not.

[See Maliksi dilemma a result of 'player hoarding' by top teams, says Manotoc]

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