Pingris out 6-8 months after suffering torn ACL
Paul Lintag on Mar 12, 2018 06:23 PM
Late in Game 1 of the Hotshots' Philippine Cup semifinal duel against NLEX last Saturday, Pingris' knee gave out while driving against JR Quinahan.
Marc Pingris is out for the next 6-8 months after sustaining a torn ACL in his left knee.
Magnolia's worst fears have been confirmed as Ping has suffered his second major injury in as many seasons.
Late in Game 1 of the Hotshots' Philippine Cup semifinal duel against NLEX last Saturday, Pingris' left knee gave out while driving against JR Quinahan.
There was no contact and the veteran forward had to be taken off the court via stretcher. He went straight to the hospital to take an MRI.
And after a couple of days, it has been confirmed that Pingris did suffer from a torn ACL.
"Dr. Canlas confirmed it this morning," Magnolia governor Rene Pardo said regarding Ping's status.
"We called him kanina, sabi ko wag ka na munang pumunta sa game dahil namamaga pa. Tawagan mo na lang mga players. I'm sure they will appreciate hearing from you," he added.
Last year, Pingris suffered a hip injury that caused him to miss significant parts of the season, particularly in the Commissioner's Cup.
The schedule for Pingris' surgery is now being coordinated. For now though, the Hotshots will have to go to battle without their emotional leader.
Game 2 against the Road Warriors is set Monday and Magnolia is down, 0-1.
"Pagpasok ko na kanina, may mga #15 na sa jersey, dedication nila kay Ping," Gov. Pardo said.
"Okay naman, bata pa naman si Ping. Hindi pa ganoon ka-tanda," he added.
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