If only TNT reached finals, Jayson Castro confident he would'be been ready to play
Jayson Castro watches Game Seven from behind the TNT bench. Jerome Ascano

HE may not be with them physically on the court, but the TnT Katropa Texters have the 100 percent support of superstar teammate Jayson Castro.

Nursing a hamstring strain on his left foot, Castro gave the Texters a pep talk inside their dugout just before they stepped out to the Mall of Asia Arena court for Game Seven of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal playoff against defending champion San Miguel.

The 30-year-old Castro showed up in street clothes but remained positive about the Texters pulling it off even in his absence due to the hamstring injury he suffered late in Game Six on Saturday.

“Mananalo yan,” was his confident reply to SPIN.ph on what he basically told the Texters prior to the match on Monday night.

Although the injury normally requires a three-week rest to completely heal, Castro said he’s looking at a one-week timeline before the returns to active duty.

Provided of course, the Texters advance to the best-of-seven finals.

Although he laments not being there for the most important game of the franchise this conference, Castro said the incident is something that can’t be avoided.

“Wala naman tayong magagawa, nangyayari talaga yan,” he said. “Ang hindi lang maganda ngayon pa (nangyari).”

TnT resident physician Dexter Aseron earlier confirmed the presence of a tear in Castro’s hamstring, saying the injury will take at least a week to heal. 

Follow the writer on Twitter: @gerardmos