PETRON Blaze fans can heave a sigh of relief after an examination revealed newly acquired big man Yousef Taha suffered no more than a mild sprain on his right knee during the Boosters’ 97-87 win against Globalport on Wednesday night.
Taha’s agent, Marvin Espiritu, said an initial reading done by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas showed that there was no damage on the sophomore slotman’s knee.
“Medyo maga pa din, pero ang maganda, hindi MCL sprain kundi regular sprain lang,” Espiritu told Spin.ph on Friday.
Taha underwent MRI (magnetic resonance imagine) scan on Thursday.
While Taha’s movements remain limited due to the swelling on his right knee, Espiritu said the 25-year-old former Mapua Cardinal is classified as 'day-to-day' and can return on the discretion of the team's medical staff.
Petron coaching staff, players and fans alike, initially feared the worst for Taha, who limped out of the court after hearing a 'pop' on his knee after going for a drive against Jay Washington on Wednesday.
As the moment, Taha will be joining two other Petron players on the injured bay.
Starting playmaker Alex Cabagnot is expected to miss at least the first five games due to a tear on his plantar, which was also the reason the lefty guard missed two games in the recent Governors' Cup Finals.
Veteran guard Ronald Tubid, on the other hand, underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair tissues on his left knee. He’s expected to be out for at least five weeks.
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