June Mar Fajardo injury dampens PBA All-Star team-up with longtime rival Greg Slaughter
June Mar Fajardo sprained his left ankle in the first quarter of San Miguel's victory over Barako Bull on Tuesday night. He never returned. Jerome Ascano

JUNE Mar Fajardo will likely skip this year’s PBA All-Star Weekend in Puerto Princesa, Palawan after spraining his left ankle on Tuesday during San Miguel Beer’s 102-91 win over Barako Bull.

“Di ko alam eh dahil depende sa makikita sa X-ray. So kapag medyo masakit, di ko na muna pipilitin,” Fajardo told sportswriters after leaving the game prematurely with just two points and two blocks in seven minutes of play.

Fajardo, the reigning PBA MVP, was voted to start in this year’s All-Star Game where he was supposed to be lead a tall frontline for the South team that includes longtime rival Greg Slaughter of Ginebra and NLEX’s Asi Taulava.

But the 'Triple Towers' frontline is in danger of being dissolved after the 6-foot-10 San Miguel star center hurt his left ankle while battling Barako Bull’s seven-foot Nigerian import Solomon Alabi for the rebound.

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The former University of Cebu standout said if the swelling subsides, he’ll try to fly to Palawan late this week to make an appearance.

“Maganda ang All-Star. Hindi pa ako nakakapunta ng Palawan kahit malapit sa amin,” said Fajardo, who hails from Pinamungahan, Cebu.

“Magandang opprtunity din sana pero wala eh, di maiiwasan, pero kung makakapunta ako, kung sa tingin ko kaya, maglalaro ako, he added.

“Pero kapag may masakit or alanganin, mahirap na pilitin kasi mas importante yung upcoming games.”

The Beermen currently share the 11th and 12th spot with Blackwater Elite after winning for just the second time in eight games and may need to sweep their last three games to get into the eight-team playoffs.

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