ALYSSA Valdez said she intends to play against Kazakhstan despite suffering an injury to her thumb on Friday in the Philippines’ debut game in the 2015 Asian Under-23 Women’s Volleyball Championship.
Valdez said there was still no initial diagnosis on her right thumb which she injured while attempting to block a spike by an Iranian player in the second set of the hosts' four-set loss on Friday afternoon.
But the two-time UAAP MVP allayed fears that her injury will keep her out of the Philippines' match against Kazakhstan on Saturday in their final Pool A outing.
“It’s swelling but it’s okay naman,” said Valdez, who had a towel wrapped around her right hand during the post-match press conference.
“Wala pa po akong nararamdaman sa kamay ko. Medyo may adrenaline pa. Pero everything is okay. I think I have the whole night to rest and prepare for the next game.
"My coaches are capable naman to adjust tomorrow if anything happens. Calm lang siguro kami,” Valdez added.
National coach Roger Gorayeb said they will still evaluate if Valdez can play on Saturday. But having known her since their Ateneo days, Gorayeb believes Valdez is capable of playing through an injured finger.
“Pakikiramdaman lang namin si Alyssa. She is a big inspiration to the team, the fans, and the community. Kaya ko nga siya natawag na ‘Baldo’ dahil kahit nasasaktan na, hindi dumadaing,” Gorayeb said.
“As much as possible, we want her to be there. Kapag sinabi niyang gusto niya, maglalaro siya,” said Gorayeb.
In case Valdez is absent, Gorayeb said other members of the team are capable of picking up the slack.
“But it’s different if nandyan si Alyssa,” Gorayeb admitted. “Iba ‘yung inspiration na nabibigay niya.”