ALYSSA Valdez assured that she will join the women’s national team’s in its Japan training camp even while recovering from a right midfoot injury.
“As of now naman, ang napagusapan naman, I think sabay-sabay naman lahat (papuntang Japan),” said Valdez of the team's plan to fly to Tokyo on Sunday for its last buildup for the Southeast Asian Games.
However, the Philippine team mainstay won’t be 100 percent fit as the Filipina Spikers go through training and scrimmages against Japanese club teams from October 20 to November 1.
“I have to follow also the doctors and 'yung PT namin kung ilang percent na ako, kung hanggang saan ako makakasabay. 'Yun lang naman 'yung one thing na medyo hesitant din,” Valdez said. “Hindi ko lang alam kung 'yung intensity ba kasi out talaga for halos more than a month.“
Last September, the former Ateneo star missed the national team’s Thailand training camp after sustaining a right ankle injury during her practice with Creamline when she accidentally landed on Fille Cainglet-Cayetano’s foot.
Two weeks ago after seeing action in the ASEAN Grand Prix 2nd Leg in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, the three-time PVL MVP’s right foot injury recurred and she even had to wear a walking boot for a week.
On Wednesday, Valdez missed her second straight PVL Open Conference game with Creamline as she has to undergo through rehab and therapy for five more days.
“Fortunately and luckily, pinayagan na ako ni doc na walang boot, so I think all I have to do is to undergo therapy before really going to the game,” she said. “Kasi siyempre, na-isolate talaga 'yung paa ko, na-shut down siya e. But okay naman tapos after nun, I'm ready to join the drills and the trainings naman of the teams.”