Valdez not closing door on joing National team in Thailand
Mark Escarlote on Sep 14, 2019 06:57 PM
If I’m allowed to play it’s really the call of the coaches also and the management if I’ll be able to be a part and join the team -- Alyssa Valdez
Alyssa Valdez is not closing her door on a possibly participating in the ASEAN Grand Prix but all will depend on national team head coach Shaq Delos Santos and the X-ray result of her ankle injury.
The Creamline star injured her right ankle on Thursday and was advised to rest for at least a week and to undergo therapy that forced her to miss the Nationals’ training camp in Thailand.
Counting the seven-day rest, Valdez will miss the Nationals' last few days of buildup but could be available to join the squad in the ASEAN Grand Prix to be held at Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand from Sept. 20-22 if ever she gets the green light from her doctors.
It will also be up to head coach Shaq Delos Santos and Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. if they will fly her in time for the tournament.
“It will depend sa X-ray so I cannot diagnose or asses kung ano talaga ang nangyari sa paa ko. Ako, it would be unfair kasi I really had no time to prepare also with the team,” she said Saturday. “If I’m allowed to play it’s really the call of the coaches also and the management if I’ll be able to be a part and join the team.”
Valdez was supposed to join teammate Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag of ChocoMucho, Jovelyn Gonzaga of PacificTown Army, Eya Laure of University of Sto. Tomas and Nationals assistant coach Kungfu Reyes on their flight to Thailand on Sunday.
“We’ll talk about it kasi it’s going to be a long week din naman to recover and prepare for the upcoming games. We’re hoping for the best na siyempre to really represent the country and be there to support these girls,” said Valdez.
The three-time Premier Volleyball League Most Valuable Player hurt her ankle during practice.
“Thursday morning sa training namin I was trying to block Mama Fille (Cainglet-Cayetano) kasi mag-spike siya. So pagka-land ko I stepped on her foot and I suffered an ankle injury,” she recalled. “I think it’s mid-foot kaya pina-X-ray ni Doc (Raul Canlas).”
Valdez watched from the sidelines as the Cool Smashers’ crush winless Chef’s Classics, 25-11, 25-14, 25-21, for their ninth win in as many games on Saturday.
“Probably this is the first time people also saw me na di na talaga pinalaro. Nakaapak talaga ako. First time ko rin nakaapak coming from a jump so medyo nanibago lang siguro ang paa ko,” she explained.
Valdez said that there’s still some swelling on her foot but is hopeful that she'll recover soon.
“Namamaga pa rin but for the past three days way better. Nu’ng first day talaga I can’t walk din but now I can walk na,” she said. “Mas tolerable na yung pain. Hopefully mas mabilis din ang recovery.”
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