BAD news: Poy Erram failed to make the Gilas Pilipinas team to the 2019 Fiba World Cup owing to injury.
Good news: the injury isn't as bad as feared.
The oft-injured NLEX big man heaved a sigh of relief on Tuesday after an MRI done on the injury he suffered in Gilas practice showed to major damage on his knee.
Erram had reason to worry, having already suffered two ACL (arterior cruciate ligament) injuries since his college days at Ateneo.
But to his relief, doctors said the injured knee needs only strengthening to get the 6-8 Road Warriors center back on the court.
The knee issue was one of the considerations which cost Erram a slot in the national team bound for Foshan, China this week.
With Erram out, coach Yeng Guiao had to choose between fellow big men Raymond Almazan and Beau Belga to fill one of the final two slots in the official 12-man team.
As one of the last player to be cut, Erram has a standing offer to join the national team in its World Cup sojourn, but opted to stay here and continue his rehab.
While he has yet join the Road Warriors in practice, team officials said Erram will be ready by the time the season-ending PBA Governors Cup kicks off on Sept. 20.