MANILA, Philippines – Adamson University star Jema Galanza is expected to recover from a gruesome ankle injury in time for the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament next year.
Akari Sports revealed that Galanza has been diagnosed with a tibiotalar dislocation on her right ankle following an awkward fall in the third set of the Lady Falcons' Premier Volleyball League game against College of St. Benilde Monday.
Adamson coach Air Padda admitted after the game – a straight sets win for Adamson – that Galanza was going to be out for the rest of the PVL Collegiate Conference, and may be unable to play in the UAAP Season 80 tournament.
It would have been a big blow for Galanza, who is in her final year of eligibility for the Lady Falcons, and for Adamson, which aims to return to the Final 4.
Fortunately for Galanza and Adamson, the injury was not as serious as originally feared.
"With proper rehab, she should be okay to play in 12 weeks. Competitively, maybe in 16 weeks," said Dr. Edgar Eufemio, the chairman of the Department of Orthopedics in Cardinal Santos, as quoted by Akari Sports.
Galanza's ankle was reset some 30 minutes after her injury, according to Eufemio.
"She can move her toes and ankle, and has no sensory deficits," the doctor also said. "I will decide what to do after the MRI, but I am inclined to do PRP injections to hasten the healing."
Galanza scored a total of 139 points for an Adamson team that won just one game in Season 79.
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