Sol Mercado uncertain if he can still regain fitness in time to rejoin Ginebra in PBA finals
Sol Mercado is unsure if he can regain fitness in time to rejoin Ginebra in the PBA Finals. Jerome Ascano

BOCAUE, Bulacan - Injured Sol Mercado isn't sure if he can return and play for Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Governors Cup finals, but remains confident any one among his teammates can fill the void in his absence.

"We always have the 'next man up' mentality so I know they will pick it up for me," the veteran guard told hours before Game 5 of the title series against Meralco at the Philippine Arena on Sunday.

The combo guard sprained his ankle as he went for a chasedown and blocked a lay up by Jared Dillinger in the waning seconds of Game Four on Friday.

Ginebra coach Tim Cone described the play as a 'fantastic effort,' although not enough to prevent the Bolts from scoring a thrilling 85-83 win.

Mercado is naturally frustrated just sitting on the bench and watching the Kings haplessly especially with the best-of-seven title series tied at 2-2.

"It kills me that I can't be out there with my brothers today," said the Fil-Am guard.

Three days since hurting his ankle, Sol said there is still swelling in the leg, leaving him clueless on when he'll be able to play for the Kings again.

No matter what, Mercado said he's supporting the Kings all the way in their bid to retain their title.

"Just gonna be in the sidelines praying and supporting them however I can," he stressed.

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