Manzo walking on his own after Gaye unintentionally landed on his foot
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 08, 2017 08:30 PM
RECOVERY. The exact nature of Jun Manzo's injury is yet to be determined.
Jun Manzo was not holding back his tears even in front of cameras.
Incurring an injury in the third quarter of the University of the Philippines’ matchup with National University on Saturday, the point guard was without a doubt in pain. “Umiiyak talaga ako. Sobrang sakit e. Parang nawalan ng lakas yung right leg ko,” he told reporters.
In that sequence, Manzo went up for a layup before landing awkwardly. Just as his right foot planted itself on the ground, it made contact with Senegalese Issa Gaye’s own right foot.
“Pag-layup ko, nahulog ako tapos pagbagsak ko, naramdaman ko yung paa ni Gaye. Dun ko na rin naramdaman na wala nang lakas yung right leg ko,” he shared afterward.
For his part, the Bulldogs’ big man said that was exactly what happened but also added that he wasted no time in approaching and apologizing to Manzo. “I told him I was sorry. I had no intention talaga so I went to him agad and told him sorry,” he said.
While he was walking on his own post-game, the Fighting Maroons’ court general said he was very much still in pain. As he put it, “Masakit, masakit pa rin. Nakakalakad naman ako so sana ‘di ganun kalala, pero alalay pa rin yung left leg ko.”
Manzo went on to say that the specifics of his injury will only be determined tomorrow when he goes for a checkup.
For now, he remains upbeat that he will be hearing good news then. “Hopeful na sana, makabalik ng Round 2. Kakayanin natin kasi kailangan namin ng maraming panalo sa next round,” he said.
Indeed, State U needs all the help it can get if it is to put a stop to its downward spiral in the start of the second round of eliminations on Wednesday. “He’s hurting right now. I’m just hoping he’s going to be able to play because we all know that he’s gonna be needed,” head coach Bo Perasol said.
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