FIBA WORLD CUP: Greg Slaughter to let ankle 'fully heal' before playing for PH

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 12, 2018 02:50 PM
Slaughter to let ankle 'fully heal' before playing for PH
Greg Slaughter is preaching patience as he looks to fully heal from his ankle injury first before playing for Team Pilipinas (File Photo)

Team Pilipinas center Greg Slaughter says he is honored to be able to represent the country once more, but is taking his time to fully recover from a nagging ankle injury before finally making his return.

Slaughter bared in a tweet that the reason for his non-inclusion to Yeng Guiao's Final 12 against Iran in the second leg of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers is a lingering ankle injury he aggravated a week ago in Ginebra's Commissioner's Cup game against Northport a week ago.

The big man also looked at the silver lining of having been granted local eligibility.

Preaching patience, Slaughter "we are in this for the long haul," before thanking head coach Yeng Guiao and the rest of the Filipinos for the unwavering support.

Before Slaughter makes his much-anticipated return, however, the squad will still be in great hands, with his Ginebra teammate Scottie Thompson taking his place.

Joining Thompson in the Final 12 are Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Alex Cabagnot, Paul Lee, JP Erram, Marcio Lassiter, Allein Maliksi, Gabe Norwood, Ian Sangalang, Christian Standhardinger, and Asi Taulava.

The Philippines (4-2) will take on Iran (5-1) in Tehran Thursday.

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