CJ Cansino will be out of action for the forseeable future as he was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Sources closely monitoring the situation bared that the 19-year-old rookie underwent MRI on Saturday after suffering the freak injury in the second quarter of University of Santo Tomas' 83-69 defeat to University of the Philippines.
The results were released on Monday and Cansino is set to go under the knife on Thursday.
Cansino will be out of action for the next six to eight months.
The UAAP Season 80 Juniors Most Valuable Player averaged 12.8 points on 44-percent shooting from the field, 10.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 27.3 minutes per game.
It was an amazing first year for Cansino, who also tallied a rare triple-double of 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists in UST's 79-68 win over UE last October 28. He did that in one good foot as he dealt with a right ankle sprain for the majority of the second half of that game.
UST coach Aldin Ayo has earlier stated that no matter the results, he is already shutting down his 6-foot-1 swingman for the Growling Tigers game against Ateneo on Wednesday.
"He had a good season. Hopefully, marami siya natutunan," he said.
Spin.ph has sought comments from Ayo and the UST management, but they have yet to respond to our queries as of posting time.