UAAP: Matt Nieto reveals he's recovering from surgery on his left pinky
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 04, 2018 08:29 PM
Matt Nieto was back on the floor for Ateneo for the first time in a month
ANTIPOLO – Ateneo de Manila University welcomed back floor general Matt Nieto with open arms on Sunday at the Ynares Center here.
The fourth-year point guard didn’t start just yet, but still contributed five points in 14 minutes as the Blue Eagles avenged their loss to Adamson University.
Nieto first sat out a game in their match-up with the University of the Philippines last October 14.
Then, he was reportedly out due to dengue.
As it turns out, there was actually more than one reason why he had to miss four games. “Na-fracture yung (left) pinky ko nung FEU (game) kaya ‘di na ako nakabalik. Na-surgery siya after that kasi ang options, either i-cast siya pero matagal mag-recover or surgery na four weeks lang,” he shared.
He then continued, “Now, recovered na siya tapos parang pinapatigas na lang.”
The Gilas cadet jammed his pinky finger against Far Eastern University last October 10, had surgery on it, and then had a bout with dengue not long after. “Pero pagtapos naman nun, dengue naman,” he said.
Still, even then, he knew just when he wanted to come back. “Nung na-injure and nagkasakit ako, gusto ko bumalik kalaban Adamson. Sabi, four weeks yung sa pinky ko, pero ‘di pa four weeks, talagang linaro ko na siya para sa Adamson,” he said.
Indeed, Nieto was a man of his word. “It’s really good to be back dito sa Adamson. 100 percent ako o hindi pa, gusto ko kalabanin Adamson kasi may kinuha sila sa amin nung first round,” he said, referring to their season0opening loss to the Soaring Falcons.
He then continued, “Yun yung naging motivation, inspiration namin na kalabanin na ulit sila.”
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