Ranidel de Ocampo set to return to action after scary back injury as TNT begins new campaign
Ranidel de Ocampo, out since October, returns to give Talk N Text a big boost. Jerome Ascano 

RANIDEL de Ocampo is expected to make an emotional return from a scary injury when Talk ‘N Text opens its PBA Commissioner’s Cup title defense on Wednesday against Blackwater at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Tropang Texters star forward has been sidelined since late October last year when he hurt his back after a freak gym accident.

De Ocampo was deemed questionable, until Texters coach Jong Uichico confirmed his ward is actually available for selection against the Elite.

“He will play (today),” Uichico said in a text message to Spin.ph.

The development is a boost for the Texters, whose frontline is undermanned with Troy Rosario injured and import Ivan Johnson suspended.

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