JERIC Teng is set to return to action for University of Santo Tomas on Saturday, ironically against the same National University team and the same player who the Tigers star blamed for the injury that sidelined him for over a month.
UST coach Pido Jarencio said Teng is ready for the Tigers’ match against the Bulldogs on Saturday as the UAAP resumes at the Smart Araneta Coliseum following a postponement of Wednesday’s game due to flooding brought about by storm ‘Maring.’
“Laro na Jeric,” said Jarencio in a brief message to Spin.ph when asked if Teng will play against NU.
Teng, who sat out four games after a collision with NU’s Jeff Javillonar last July 10 that caused a partial tear in his right anterior labrum, also told Spin.ph that he is "good to go" if Jarencio decides to use him for the NU match.
"Yes, I'll be good to go tomorrow. Si coach na lang ang bahala kung lalaro ako," said Teng, who has lambasted Javillonar for what he felt was a deliberate hit but has since forgiven the NU bruiser.
(For full story, see 'May araw rin sya:' Teng hits out at NU's Javillonar after suffering shoulder injury)
Teng's return should be a big boost to the second-round campaign of the Tigers, who are coming off back-to-back losses - the last a 67-68 defeat to University of the East last August 15.
In that game, Santo Tomas also got a scare when Aljon Mariano suffered a sprained ankle when he accidentally stepped on Charles Mammie’s foot. But Mariano readily quelled fears, saying he does not expect to miss any games with the Tigers.
The Tigers are currently in joint fifth place with Ateneo at 4-4 but are still in the hunt for the two twice-to-beat spots in the Final Four.
NU is also on a high, having won its last three games.