ALJON Mariano, the controversial University of Santo Tomas forward, has fully recovered from his injuries that hampered his play in the recent UAAP season, according to head coach Pido Jarencio.
Jarencio bared Mariano is set to rejoin UST practices this month after undergoing a successful operation to remove bone spurs in his ankle, an injury the guard said he endured last season.
The operation also forced Mariano to skip UST’s title defense in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League campaign last month which the De La Salle Green Archers ruled.
“Recovered na si Aljon sa operation niya. Start na siya ng practice sa January,” Jarencio told Spin.ph on Friday.
Mariano was heavily criticized during the UAAP final series for his poor play against De La Salle. The third-year cager even threw an errant pass in the dying seconds of overtime that led to Almond Vosotros hitting the title-clinching basket for the Green Archers.
Mariano later bared that the bone spurs contributed to his poor play 76 but vowed to return to UST in the next UAAP season to redeem himself.
A healthy Mariano should be a big boost to the title hopes of the España-based cagers, who have lost go-to guy Jeric Teng to the professional ranks.
Meanwhile, NLEX officials said Mariano will still be suiting up for the Road Warriors in the PBA D-League as soon as he is fully healthy.