VETERAN big man Danny Ildefonso is just awaiting the go-signal from top brass of San Miguel Corp. before he finally goes under the knife for a recurring shoulder injury.
MRI tests done on Ildefonso revealed the presence of a fracture on the shoulder the Petron 13-year veteran has already dislocated at least five times, the last happening just last week during the Boosters’ PBA Philippine Cup game opposite Barangay Ginebra Kings.
The two-time league MVP said he’s already firm in his decision to undergo operation, never mind if it means being sidelined for the rest of the All-Filipino conference.
“Gusto ko na talagang pa-opera, pabalik-balik na kasi siya,” said the 35-year-old center from Urdaneta, Pangasinan. “Naghihintay na lang ako ng word from management bago `yung operation.”
Ildefonso sat out Petron’s last game against Globalport, which the Boosters won 110-98. The sight of Ildefonso in street clothes on Petron’s bench could become a regular sight once surgery is performed upon him.
“After surgery, siguro it will take four to five months (of recovery period),” said coach Olsen Racela. “So baka second conference na or sa dulo ng second conference siya makabalik.”
In the absence of Ildefonso and top rookie pick June Mar Fajardo, Petron’s frontcourt will have to rely on a three-man rotation of Arwind Santos, Jay Washington, and Dorian Pena. Of the three, only Pena is the natural center.
“That’s why we’re looking at free agents na role players who can at least give us some spare time sa frontcourt,” said the Petron coach.