Meralco still clueless on when injured import Josh Davis can play
Josh Davis has no broken bone or tear on his ligaments after undergoing MRI test. Jerome Ascano

FIRST the good news:  Meralco import Josh Davis suffered no broken bone following his harrowing fall during the team’s out-of-town game against San Miguel over the weekend.

And now the bad news: The Bolts are clueless on when the 6-foot-8 Davis could return to action.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) done on Davis Sunday, according to team manager Paolo Trillo showed no serious injury or any tear on his ligaments after a bad fall when he bit off a fake by San Miguel big man June Mar Fajardo during the second quarter of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup road game between the Bolts and Beermen in Cagayan De Oro last Saturday.

“That’s the good news, no broken bone or anything,” said Trillo.

“But we’re still observing him. The doctor’s diagnosis is severe muscle contusion,” added the Meralco official. “It’s a matter of how fast he can recover because Josh is still in pain at the lower back. We don’t know how serious the injury is, and that will depend on his recovery.”

The Bolts won’t play until Friday opposite NLEX, although Trillo couldn’t guarantee if the import could already play.

Davis was carried out on a stretcher but refused to be taken to the hospital, according to PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial. He returned to the Meralco bench after halftime and wanted to continue playing, but was prevailed upon by Norman Black and his coaching staff.

Without Davis, the Bolts suffered their first defeat in the tournament, 102-86, after winning their first five games.

The Beermen on the other hand, finally made it to the win column after losing four straight games to start the mid-season conference.

Davis is averaging 23.2 points and 19.6 rebounds in five games.

Against San Miguel, he finished with four points and five rebounds in 14 minutes of action.



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