PBA: Knee issues force Standhardinger to miss Ginebra game

Paul Lintag on Jun 03, 2018 10:13 PM
PBA: Knee issues force Standhardinger to miss Ginebra game
Christian Standhardinger is dealing with a bum knee, causing him to miss San Miguel's overtime win vs. Brgy. Ginebra.

One person was missing from the highly-anticipated San Miguel-Ginebra clash Sunday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Top pick Christian Standhardinger missed Sunday's game, a 104-97 overtime win for the Beermen, due to knee issues.

According the head coach Leo Austria, doctors adviced his newest recruit to sit out for the meantime.

"Because of his patellofemoral pain syndrome," Austria said of Standhardinger missing the Ginebra game.

Basically, patellofemoral pain syndrome causes pain in front of the knee and arount the patella area.

"Tsaka isa pa, dalawa yun eh. ITB. Tightness of ITB, that's a muscle around the knee, going up and down, and then nagkaroon ng inflammation around the knee," Austria said.

"There's a fluid sa joint niya, and we're able to extract it yesterday, I think 65-cc of fluid. The doctor advised him to rest for two days, and we will see on Monday if he can start practicing," he added.

While he's hurting, Standhardinger is still attending San Miguel practices.

However, Austria confirmed that they had to force Standhardinger to rest. They'd rather have him miss some games than have him get into a major injury.

"Sabi ko sa kanya before, last Friday, I don't care if we win or lose, as long as we're not compromising his health. And he said maybe this is the smart move ano, sabi niya. Alam natin na he's a warrior eh," Austria said of Standhardinger.

"Actually, first day pa lang in practice, alam namin na he's not in top shape because of the wear and tear dahil nine months siya naglalaro from Gilas, to ABL, then sa PBA. He doesn't want to miss any practices. Every day andoon siya. But yesterday, we forced him to stop, to be absent in the practice for another check-up," he added.




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