Alaska injury jinx strikes again as Calvin Abueva hurts ankle not once but twice
Alaska forward Calvin Abueva limps off the court. Jerome Ascano

THE injury bug just wouldn't give Alaska a break.

Already without top center Sonny Thoss since the start of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the Aces went another man down when Calvin Abueva went down with a left ankle injury during a 99-89 loss to Rain or Shine on Friday night.

Alaska head trainer Gus Vargas said the tireless forward's woes began when he stepped on the foot of Rain or Shine import Wayne Chism, suffering a first degree sprain.

Normally, players can still play on after suffering a first-degree sprain, so long as the ankle is tightly wrapped with a protective tape.

In Abueva's case, he did manage to return for the second half and lead an Alaska comeback. Problem was, he aggravated the ankle injury during a drive to the basket in the second half against RoS beanpole Raymond Almazan.

He never returned.

“He’ll (Abueva) just have to rest it (swollen left ankle) first. So he’ll have to have it iced, tapos binigyan naman siya ni Dr. (Facundo) Sun (Alaska team physician) ng gamot to minimize the swelling,” Vargas told

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The 6-foot-1 Abueva left the court limping.

“Kanina, when we had it checked, first degree sprain siya, but then, bumagsak uli siya on the same ankle. So bukas (Saturday) namin ie-evaluate,” Vargas added.

“Baka lang may slightly torn ligament, pero puwede naman siya ilaro kung property taped yung ankle niya saka na-therapy,” said Vargas.

Abueva has enough time to get his left ankle treated before the Aces, which also lost starting guard JVee Casio to an injury early in the campaign, returns to action next Tuesday against Barako Bull.

Meantime, Vargas mentioned that Thoss will have a final checkup with Alaska’s medical consultants next Monday to see if he’ll be cleared to join the team’s practice.

The veteran Alaska big man has yet to see action this conference since suffering a partial tear in his right plantar fascia.

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