Tropang TNT holds breath as Jayson Castro's old Achilles injury resurfaces
TNT guard Jayson Castro is hobbled by a recurring Achilles heel injury. Jerome Ascano

JASYON Castro will give in to the medical staff’s advice to rest after an old Achilles injury recurred on Sunday late in Tropang TNT’s 96-88 loss to Star in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

The Texters superstar took a wrong step within the last minute of the game then hobbled on the way to the bench, compounding the misery of the defending champions who fell to a 2-4 win-loss record.

Castro admitted there was a slight tear on his Achilles which he first injured way back with Gilas Pilipinas, before the 2014 Fiba World Cup and resurfaced anew in the last Commissioner’s Cup.

“Pabalik-balik at maga siya,” the national team star said. “May konting punit, pero hindi ganun ka-grabe. Sinuggest na rest talaga.”

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Castro said he has been taking pain relievers just so he could see action.

“Sa kakulitan ko, gusto ko talaga maglaro para makatulong sa team,” the 29-year-old cager said. “Syempre ang sama ng record namin kaya gusto ko maglaro talaga.”

“Pero this time siguro, kailangan ko muna ipahinga,” he added.

Castro said he will take three to four days of rest ahead of the Texters’ next game on Sunday against NLEX.

Castro is expected to miss Gilas practice on Monday along with another injured playmaker in Terrence Romeo.

Asked if there’s surgery needed, Castro is keeping his fingers crossed.

“Sana wala naman (surgery),” he said. “Kasi this time, iba na yung sakit eh. Pero sana wala.”

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