Cignal import Sonja Milanovic's PSL Grand Prix stint ends early due to ankle injury
Cignal import Sonja Milanovic suffered an ankle injury in the first set of its loss to Generika. Jerome Ascano

CIGNAL import Sonja Milanovic was ruled out of the conference in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix due to a sprained right ankle.

The Serbian opposite spiker sustained the injury late in the first set during their match against Generika-Ayala, which they eventually lost in straight sets, 22-25, 20-25, 20-25, on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.

“Dinala na siya ngayon sa hospital, sa San Juan de Dios. Magang-maga ang right ankle niya,” said Cignal coach Edgar Barroga. “Definitely hindi na siya makakabalik.”

Milanovic’s absence will be a big blow for the HD Spikers.

Cignal ended the elimination round with 3-7 won-loss card at the sixth spot and will face third-seed team Cocolife, which is armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, in the quarterfinals.

Still, Barroga remained optimistic for their campaign as they look to replace Milanovic with a new import. 

“Kapag hindi na kami makakagawa ng paraan, definitely medyo mahihirapan na kami pero hopefully ‘yung option namin siguro may pag-asa pa,” he said.

“Well ‘yun ‘yung plan, kumuha ng import. Kung available ang kukuhain namin definitely ‘yun ang magiging kapalit,” he added.

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