Tim Cone confirms initial MRI on Ginebra big man Greg Slaughter knee points to ACL tear
Ginebra big man Greg Slaughter could be facing another long layoff. Jerome Ascano

GINEBRA coach Tim Cone confirmed the initial diagnosis on Greg Slaughter’s injury as a probable torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in his right knee.  

Slaughter underwent magnetic resonance imaging on Friday night right after the Gin Kings’ 93-86 win over Mahindra where he hurt his knee after a bad fall early in the fourth quarter.

Cone, though, said they will still seek official diagnosis from top orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas.

[See Doctors fear Greg Slaughter has torn ACL, await confirmation from Canlas]

“Greg’s injury, unfortunately, seems to be an ACL tear,” Cone said in a text message on Monday. “We have not received official word from Dr. Canlas, but initial findings from the MRI point to an ACL tear.”

“Once we get an official diagnosis, we will sit down with Greg and the doctors and determine the proper course of action and whether surgery will be needed,” he added.

Slaughter was having a solid night in his first game back from a three-month break to rest a right-ankle surgery as he tallied seven points on 2-of-3 shooting, four boards, and one assist, against three turnovers in 10 minutes, before going down with injury.

The former Rookie of the Year, though, still managed to get up and walked by himself to the dugout after the game. 

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