Eya Laure nurses recurring shoulder injury
Danine Cruz on Aug 11, 2018 07:09 PM
After a feisty 18-point performance last week, Eya Laure's game was toned down a bit as she nurses a recurring shoulder injury.
After University of Santo Tomas rookie Eya Laure's feisty 18-point performance last week against UP Lady Maroons, her game was toned down a bit Saturday evening when they faced the College of Saint Benilde. Laure seemed bothered by a pain she felt on her right shoulder.
She constantly rubbed her shoulder all throughout the game and her attacks, especially in the third set, were not in full power.
In the post-game after the Golden Tigresses won in straight sets, assistant coach Ian Fernandez bared that Laure is nursing a recurring shoulder injury.
"Mayroon ng iniinda yun sa shoulder niya. Hindi ako sure pero dalawang beses na lumaglag ang balikat nun eh," Fernandez said.
"Yung shoulder ko, na-dislocate siya nung mga previous weeks. Kasi nung first kasi, nag the-therapy ako, may times na nawawala siya sa position tapos binabalik na lang uli. Tapos yung isa naman, sa weights namin sa UST may isa akong ginawang parang movement tapos yun natanggal siya pero binalik na lang ng PT," Laure explained.
"So kung makikita natin sa game, medyo inalalayan din namain. Kinausap ko yung setter, si Mafe [Galanza] saka si Alina [Bicar] na sige bigyan mo. Pero kung di naman kailangan, bigay mo sa iba. Pero fighter yung bata eh," Fernandez furthered.
But don't get them wrong, despite an injury that was already existing in her high school days, Laure still sizzled with 11 points including two service aces Saturday afternoon.
"Nagpa MRI na ako kasi before UP game may di na talagang maganda na nangyari. Nag pain reliever lang ako para wala akong maramdaman talaga. Pero opo [nilaban na lang kanina]," Laure said.
She also expressed that during trainings, she rarely engages her right shoulder with spiking and blocking drills to let it fully recover. She focuses on defensive drills instead.
As early as today, rookie Laure is already seen as the girl who will raise UST's banner in the UAAP alongside Sisi Rondina. Now with an injury of hers exposed, she still assures the UST faithful that this is nothing too big to worry about.
"Di naman nila dapat ika-worry kasi mag thetherapy naman ako at andyan naman yung PT namin ngayon, aalagaan niya naman daw ako sabi niya. Papacheck din ako sa doctors. Nakaka-recover naman.
"Di ko naman siya [right shoulder] ipupush through sa ibang liga kasi syempre UAAP naman talaga ang sobrang pinaghahandaan namin."