FIBA WORLD CUP: Injury delays Slaughter's Gilas return once again

Paul Lintag on Sep 16, 2018 09:12 PM
FIBA WORLD CUP: Injury delays Slaughter's Gilas return
"Greg Slaughter was not given the green light to play," SBP President Al Panlilio said in a statement.

It's going to take a while before we see Greg Slaughter in a Gilas Pilipinas uniform.

The Ginebra slotman got some welcome news a couple of weeks back after FIBA approved his eligibility, meaning he can play for the national team as a local moving forward.

[Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Slaughter cleared as local for Team Pilipinas]

Unfortunately, eight days before Team Pilipinas started round 2 of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Slaughter suffered an injury setback, tweaking his left ankle in a game against Northport in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.

Slaughter's recovery has been slow, causing him to miss Gilas' road loss to Iran last Sept. 13. The 7-foot center will also miss the home game vs. Qatar Monday on Sept. 17 at the Araneta Coliseum.

"Greg Slaughter was not given the green light to play," SBP President Al Panlilio said in a statement.

[Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Slaughter will not be 100 percent for Gilas if he does play]

"We are hoping that in the December window, both Greg and Junemar will finally be healthy to represent Gilas Pilipinas. Both games in December will be played in Manila," he added.

San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo is also sidelined after suffering a shin injury.

The Philippines will have two home games in the next FIBA window, hosting Kazakhstan on Nov. 30 and Iran on Dec. 3.

Gilas currently has a 4-3 record in Group F as they aim to get back on the winning track vs. Qatar.

 


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