IT remains uncertain if surgery is the way to go for Milena Alessandrini after sustaining knee ligament damage, but it is apparently becoming clearer the Fil-Italian won’t be able to see action anytime soon.
Initially expected by University of Sto. Tomas to have a chance at suiting up in two weeks time, Alessandrini is likely out for the season.
ACL damage among elite athletes, even partial tears, take a considerable amount of time to heal, and non-operative treatment will last months.
Coach Kungfu Reyes said on Wednesday it is not worth the risk after seeing the results of MRI. UST said earlier this week that Alessandrini could return to action after reevaluation in two weeks.
“Kahit sabihing ma-stabilize within two weeks lumakas, may mental baggage, definitely di rin makakapag-perform,” Reyes said.
“Much better na, at my end, di ko na siya palalaruin sit out na.”
Reyes said a medical diagnosis is just one step, but coaches and the player will have the final say.
“Kung maganda progress pwedeng ilaro pero sa papel pwedeng ilaro of course i-assess pa rin namin,“ Reyes said.
“Hindi namin isusugal si Milena na just for the sake manalo or makapaglaro, masisira yung bata, so di naman kami ganun.”
“On our part, gagawin namin ang lahat para sa bata ang welfare niya, it’s not about UAAP, syempre welfare ng tao especially those who got injured,” he added.
Still, Reyes is keeping the door just a bit open.
“Titignan natin process, titignan din namin kung makatayo siya at ok na lahat then again titignan namin ang response ng katawan ni Milena pag mentally ok and physically fit why not,” he said. “Pero as of the moment i rerest muna namin siya.”
UST is in the bottom half of the standings.