Slaughter and Mercado were in uniform when the Kings lost to Rain or Shine in their last outing last October 12 in Lucena City, but both didn’t play despite having recovered from their injuries.
But Ginebra coach Tim Cone said Slaughter and Mercado will be able to play on Sunday against Magnolia at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“I expect them to play without restrictions because they had a couple of weeks of practice,” Cone told SPIN.ph following Saturday’s practice in Pasig City.
Slaughter has not played since suffering an ankle sprain early September against NorthPort, forcing him to also miss what would have been his debut with Team Pilipinas in the Fiba Basketball World Cup qualifying window.
Mercado has not seen action in the Governors’ Cup after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus and remove bone spurs in his knee.
Cone though said the 15-day break has allowed Slaughter and Mercado to have a lot of practice time prior to their comeback game.
“It gave Greg and Sol a chance to get into the swing of things. Hopefully, that will balance it out,” said Cone.
Slaughter and Mercado return at a time when Ginebra is looking to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals against Magnolia, which leads the standings with an 8-2 card following the win over TNT on Friday.
The Kings sit in second place with a 7-2 card.