Escoto out at least 4-6 months after partial ACL tear
Paul Lintag on Feb 01, 2017 08:16 PM
It appears Escoto's surgically-repaired knee is in trouble once again.
It looks like we won't see Russel Escoto on the court for quite a while.
Despite still waiting for a second, maybe third opinion from proper sources, initial diagnosis for Escoto's injury has been a partially-torn ACL.
It's far worse compared to the first word received last week saying that the former FEU Tamaraw had a slight LCL injury after going down in the first half of Mahindra's victory over Meralco.
Floodbuster's top deputy Chris Gavina confirmed the news on his forward's condition.
"Early diagnosis is a partially-torn ACL on the same knee he had surgery on in college. I think after a second and third opinion, they'll probably decide whether he's going to undergo surgery," Gavina said Wednesday after Mahindra wrapped up its 2017 Philippine Cup campaign.
Escoto, who is part of the 25-man Gilas Pilipinas pool, previously tore the ACL on his left knee four years ago in the PBA D-League, causing him to miss FEU's entire UAAP Season 76.
Now it appears Escoto's surgically-repaired knee is in trouble once again.
While waiting on the final news on how to treat his knee, Escoto is expected to miss 4-to-6 months of play. Maybe more is he does get surgery.
"Probably somewhere near 4-to-6 months or maybe even 6-8 depending on the severity of the tear. It's unfortunate because he was really turning the corner," Gavina said.
"I couldn't wait to see him on Gilas but we're hoping that he'll be able to bounce back," he added.
Over the course of the All-Filipino, Escoto went for 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per outing in 18 minutes per game.
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