FIBA: Wright out almost a week for Gilas Pilipinas with foot injury
Paul Lintag on Aug 20, 2019 08:48 PM
“It’s not a tear, which is good, because that’s what I felt at first when I felt the pop. But the ligament is intact and they just said maybe 4-5 days of rest,” Wright said on his injury. (Photo by Paul Lintag)
The good news is that Matthew Wright has no ligament tears in his foot.
The bad news is he’s still out for almost a week and is doubtful to play as Gilas Pilipinas takes on Australia’s Adelaide 36ers for their final two practice games ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Following Monday’s practice, Wright was hurt and was diagnosed with a peroneal tendon strain.
“It’s not a tear, which is good, because that’s what I felt at first when I felt the pop. But the ligament is intact and they just said maybe 4-5 days of rest,” Wright said.
“I’m not gonna lie it’s pretty painful [to miss practice days]. All I can do is go day-by-day, work with [coach] Dex to strengthen it,” he added
Wright was definitely terrified when he just randomly got hurt during practice Monday.
Fortunately, he just needs rest. But as the World Cup looms, it’s frustrating for him to get hurt so close to the World Championships.
“It happened during the 5-on-5, no contact. I was fine then right when I felt it I just sat down, it was too painful to continue. I was worried at first but I feel a lot confident now coming from the doctor,” Wright said.
“It’s unfortunate because we don’t have a lot of time. I don’t know if I’ll be able to play in the tuneup game, which is disappointing for me. But injuries are part of the game. I just hope it heals faster, we don’t have a lot of time to waste and I want to be in top shape heading into the tournament,” he added.
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