Kat Tolentino says emotional trauma worse than physical pain as she deals with third ACL injury
Kat Tolentino in crutches as she watches Lady Eagles' game on Sunday. Dante Peralta

ATENEO rookie Kat Tolentino said the emotional burden is more exhausting than the physical pain as she deals with the third ACL injury of her career even before she could make her debut with the Lady Eagles.

The Fil-Canadian standout suffered the injury on her right knee while warming up for the Lady Eagles’ game against University of Santo Tomas in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Collegiate Conference.

The first two ACL injuries happened in January 2013 and January 2014, both on her left knee.

“Mostly it’s just frustration, but you know it’s hard cause it’s my third ACL already and it’s just like, it’s not the physical pain that's the hardest, it’s more of the mental trauma that you go through,” she said.

Tolentino is echeduled to undergo surgery within the week.

“Hopefully (the operation will be) this week (it's) based on the doctor’s availability but I’m hoping this week, no date yet,” she told Spin.ph.

“It’s just frustrating and we’ll see how it goes the rest of the year,” she continued.

The Ateneo top rookie can find solace from the support of her teammates and fans.

“Si Kat malaking factor siya sa team, just take her time to recover, we’re here lang to support her,” said Ateneo skipper and UAAP back-to-back Most MVP Alyssa Valdez.

Tolentino is heartened by the support.

“I’m so thankful that they’re helping me to be able to get through this. It’s so good to see all the support from everyone,” she said. “It’s so encouraging to get back ‘cause they are willing to wait no matter how long it takes.”

Ateneo team manager Tony Boy Liao said Tolentino will still be included in the lineup for the UAAP tournament set to start in January, hopeful the rookie can be back to full fitness in time for the second round of the eliminations.

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