Rob Dozier plays down plantar fasciitis injury, but Compton not ruling out a replacement
Alaska import Rob Dozier sat out the game due to a plantar fasciitis injury. Jaime Campos

ROB Dozier is dealing with a plantar fasciitis injury on his left foot that forced him to sit out Alaska’s opening game in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup against Blackwateron Friday.

The Aces import said in a short chat with on Thursday he would play despite nursing a “minor” injury he declined to specify.

Dozier did suit up, but never played a single minute in the Aces’ 107-101 loss to Blackwater at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“It’s nothing serious,” Dozier told scribes after the game. “I’m not overly concerned.”

The former Best Import said he is targeting the Aces’ Wednesday game against Tropang TNT for his return.

“That’s what we’re pushing for,” he said. “We’re just going to continue to treat it. It’s getting better every day, though.”

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Aces coach Alex Compton said he didn’t disclose Dozier’s injury, because “it will give them (Elite) an advantage in their game plan.”

“We have to adjust to see if he’ll be good enough on Wednesday or not,” he said. “I’ll have to check the league rules on fines and all that.”

Compton hinted they are already considering finding a replacement in the event Dozier would have to wait longer for him to be fit enough to play.

“That’s always our job,” Compton said. “It’s not the easiest thing to do. I’d love if I have ten NBA players living just next door to me.”

“But the thing is it's basketball season in the whole word and it doesn’t leave you with a lot of options,” he added.

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