SEA Games: Timeline won’t work for injured Castro to return for Gilas

Paul Lintag on Oct 28, 2019 09:41 PM
SEA Games: Timeline won’t work for injured Castro to return
Castro suffered a muscle strain Friday against NLEX in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup and his timeline for recovery, which is now pegged at least a month, will not make him available for the national team. (Photo by Josh Albelda)

For all intents and purposes, Jayson Castro is already out of Gilas Pilipinas for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games due to injury.

Castro suffered a muscle strain Friday against NLEX in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup and his timeline for recovery, which is now pegged at least a month, will not make him available for the national team.

“I talked to Dr. Canlas last night by the phone. And he told to me optimistically Jayson will start to be back on practice in one month. That’s optimistic. In the mean time, he’s gonna need complete rest until that time,” head coach Tim Cone said after Gilas practice Monday.

“He [Canlas] says, most likely I think between five to six weeks would be his time. And that’s basically, as it turns out, too late for us. So sayang,” coach Tim added.

With Gilas Pilipinas down to 14 players, Cone is trying to confirm whether or not the national team can replace the injured Castro in the lineup.

Coach Tim says they have about four PBA guys in consideration but it will all depend on if Gilas can actually make a move at this point so close to the tournament.

“We're not sure yet. We're still finding out if we can even get anybody. We're not even sure if the rules will allow us somebody. That's being checked on by the SBP,” Cone said.

“We will probably replace if we can. We have a couple of guys in mind. I don't wanna say them yet because I don't wanna get their hopes up. But we have four players in mind,” coach Tim added.

 

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