INJURED Adamson University star Jema Galanza expects to be fit to play for the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament next year.
Recovery from the ankle injury sustained in the PVL will take about 12 weeks, Galanza was told by doctors, and she hopes to be in top form by the 16th week.
“Okay naman lahat, walang fracture. Kaya naman sa UAAP,” said Galanza on Monday at The Arena in San Juan as she cheered on the Lady Falcons in the match against San Beda College.
“Ayaw ko na rin naman na mag-stop ng isang taon ng dahil lang dito. Kung kaya naman bakit hindi ko i-push ang sarili ko,” she continued.
The UAAP volleyball season is set to start either end of January or early February next year, giving her enough time to recuperate.
“Sabi ng doctor kasi 12 weeks kaya na. Pero hindi niya ako pupuwersahin na maglaro na. So possible 16 weeks ‘yun na pwede na akong sumabay sa kanila, ‘yung talagang training,” she said.
Galanza has been out only a week and admits she is already itching to play.
“Sa ngayon pahinga lang kasi hindi talaga ako nakakalakad ng maayos. Masakit siya ngayon,” she said,
“Kapa nagti-therapy ako nawawala ang sakit, nakakalakad ako ng maayos pero after ng araw na ‘yun bumabalik siya siguro kasi hindi pa siya ganoon kagaling,” she added.
Adamson is looking to return to the UAAP semifinals for the first time since Season 76, Galanza's rookie year, when the team led by Bang Pineda, Amanda Villanueva, Mayette Zapanta, Erika Alkuino and Mylene Paat gained the Final Four.