Hindi ko susukuan yun -- injured Santiago-Manabat on national team dream
'Yung national team naman may 2019 pa naman -- Dindin Santiago-Manabat
Foton team captain Dindin Santiago-Manabat is set to undergo surgery on her left knee, cutting short her chance to represent the country in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
The national pool will be one veteran middle blocker-less after Santiago-Manabat sustained a grade two MCL partial tear a week ago when the Tornadoes defeated Sta. Lucia in five sets at the close of the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference elimination round.
Santiago-Manabat’s knee buckled when she landed after an off the block kill that put Foton ahead, 12-10, in the deciding frame.
“Isu-surgery na po ako ng April 17. Mga 6-8 months po ‘yung ano (recovery) sa akin ng doctor so siguro mga Grand Prix na talaga (makakabalik),” said the 6-foot-2 National University product.
Santiago-Manabat is included in the 25-woman national pool together with her sister 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago and both are considered as shoo-ins for the Final 12 that will see action in the Asian Women’s Senior Volleyball Championship and the SEA Games in August because of their height and skills.
But Santiago-Manabat’s hopes of a second tour of duty after playing in the 28th SEA Games in Singapore two years ago will have to wait another two years more.
“‘Yung national team naman may 2019 pa naman,” she said. “Pero hindi ko naman basta-basta susukuan ‘yun.”
Even with the national team stint closed its doors for now on Santiago-Manabat, she’s still positive and looks at it as a chance to spend more time with her baby girl.
“Siguro may purpose naman talaga si Lord kung bakit ganoon po ‘yung nangyari,” she said. “Madami nagsasabi ng ganoon bigyan ko muna ng time si Chloe kasi masyadong maaga ‘yung pagbalik ko. Kasi two months, ang aga, nakabalik na ako eh so siguro ganoon.
“Sinabi nga ng doctor na prone nga ‘yung mga bagong panganak sa injury,” Santiago-Manabat added. “Hindi ko rin naman naisip na ganoon pero nandon na ako eh, siguro ano lang, natsambahan lang talaga. ‘Yung national team may 2019 pa.”