Troy Rosario out for TNT, uncertain for Gilas as he recovers from scary fall
Troy Rosario is greeted by Gilas teammate Japeth Aguilar and Sol Mercado. Jerome Ascano

TROY Rosario sat helpless on the TnT Katropa bench as his team lost to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night, 93-78, stretching the KaTropa's skid in the PBA Philippine Cup.

The 6-foot-7 forward-center showed up in street clothes at the Smart Araneta Coliseum as he skipped the game while recuperating from the nasty fall he suffered in the Katropa’s last outing against Phoenix.

Rosario said he felt for the Katropa, who played catch up for most the game on the way to suffering a second straight loss, in the process falling below .500 with a 4-5 slate.

He could be out of action for a while, unless he’s given the go signal by his doctors to finally suit up for the Katropa and, perhaps, for Gilas Pilipinas in the coming window of the FIBA World Cup qualifier.

“Siyempre masakit (watching on the bench). Ganun talaga pero aksidente yung nangyari sa akin. Wala namang may gusto nung nangyari sa akin,” he said after the game.

“Talo kami ngayon, so tingin ko kailangan ko ng bumalik kasi kawawa naman yung mga teammates ko, ang haba ng minutes na nilalaro,” Rosario, 26, added. “Parang yung minutes ko napupunta sa kanila.”

Rosario disclosed he’ll have another checkup with his orthodontist on Monday and with his neurologist by the February 15.

The former National University star said he is feeling much better.

“Ok naman na. Hindi na naman ako nahihilo hindi gaya nung dati, hindi katulad nung mga nakaraang araw na nandoon pa rin yung hilo,” he said.

He has been restrained though, from any physical activities at the moment.

“Wala, pahinga talaga kasi yun ang advice sa akin ng doctor,” said Rosario.

The uncertainty also jeopardizes his stint with the national team, which is two weeks away from its departure for Melbourne for the Fiba World Cup qualifier against Group B co-leader Australia.

“Kung bibigyan man ako ng go-signa,l hindi alam kung biglaang practice, unti-unti rin, yun ang sabi ng doctor,” he said. “Pero ewan ko, baka magbago rin naman.”

Both TnT and Gilas could only keep their fingers crossed. 

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