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    Phoenix woes continue as Matthew Wright nursing foot injury

    Oct 7, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    AS the losses pile up for Phoenix, so does the woes.

    The Fuel Masters missed the full service of main man Matthew Wright on Sunday in what the team suspects could be a case of plantar fasciitis.

    The Fil-Canadian gunner was played sparingly by coach Louie Alas and held to just four points in a 94-111 defeat at the hands of Meralco in their PBA Governors Cup game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Wright is set to undergo MRI test on Monday to check on the extent of the injury.

    “Hopefully it’s not worse,” said Alas. “Part daw ng plantar.”

    Wright was the latest to go down with an injury for Phoenix, which was also without veteran JC Intal and guard Alex Mallari, who sprained his ankle against the Bolts.

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      The loss was the second straight for the Fuel Masters, who tumbled to a 1-4 record.

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      Alas said Wright already complaint about a pain in his foot during practice at the eve of the game against Meralco.

      “Nag-game preparation kami, hindi ko na siya ginamit kasi may kinu-complain na siya doon sa PT namin,” Alas said.

      Wright appeared ready to play against the Bolts, but then felt something on his foot again while warming up.

      The Gilas Pilipinas stalwart tried to play through the pain, but was taken out by Alas after just playing for three minutes.

      “Before the game may naramdaman siyang sakit. I tried to change yung starters ko, pero hindi pala puwede,” said Alas.

      “Sabi ko just try your foot then tell me. Eh, hindi siya naka-tape, kaya after three minutes nilabas ko agad.”

      Wright still managed to play for 15 minutes but obviously felt something wrong with his foot as he shot 1-of-10 from the field, including 0-of-3 from three-point range.

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