TALK `N Text fans can now heave a sigh of relief after a check-up on the left knee of versatile wingman Jared Dillinger showed it is negative for an ACL tear.
Dillinger bared to Spin.ph that he only suffered a swollen Achilles and bone bruise on his knee following the tests conducted by famed orthopedic surgeon Raul Canlas.
“I’ll be out for a little bit, but after this game tomorrow (Sunday against Rain or Shine), I’ll do my work to get this knee back,” said Dillinger, who vows not to miss too many games.
“I am not aiming to sit down at the bench for a long time. This is not the point to rest. We can do that later after everything,” he added while on his way to the Talk `N Text practice.
The former US Air Force Academy standout expects to be out for two to three weeks but is relieved to know that the injury wasn't as bad as he feared on Friday night, when he suddenly fell on the floor after twisting his left knee while guarding Petron's Marcio Lassiter.
“I was down there on the ground, I was telling myself, 'I don’t want to stop playing,'” he recalled. “There’s so much on the line this conference, also for this country and Gilas. Those were on my mind.
“I really thought it was an ACL injury. I pulled my ankle and my knee and they both buckled. That time, they’re both aching. Thank God it’s just a bone bruise.”
said that even with a minor injury, he’d still be joining his teammates in practice to contribute in whatever way he can.
“I’m gonna be out for little bit, but I want to do what I can to help the team, serving water, cheerleader, give Jimmy (Alapag) a back massage,” the guard-forward said with a laugh.
Following the positive development, Dillinger said he’d offer a Mass to thank God for protecting him from further harm.
“God really has plan, I know. He wants me to continue playing especially now that the crucial stretch of the conference is approaching… and so is the Fiba Asia,” said Dillinger, one of 17 players vying for spots in the Gilas team for the coming tournament qualifier for the FIBA-World Basketball Championship.
“There is a good Man up there,” stressed Dillinger.