MANILA, Philippines -- Lycha Ebon is expected to miss at least a week but Jeanette Villareal should be back in their next game for Far Eastern University (FEU), after the two players suffered injuries in their game against Adamson University on Sunday.
Villareal had to be helped off the court after spraining her right ankle in the first set, while Ebon had to be stretchered out of the court early in the fifth frame after an awkward landing that saw her hurt her right knee.
The Lady Tamaraws bucked the absence of both players to seize a 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13 triumph over the Lady Falcons.
"This week, rest muna siya," said FEU's physical therapist, Marilou Regidor, when asked about Ebon.
As for Villareal, the player suffered a "recurring sprain" but was back on her feet later in the game.
"Na-manage naman niya ang nakle sprain," said Regidor. "Makakalaro siya."
Ebon's injury appeared serious, as the rookie was holding on to her right knee and was visibly in pain on the court while her teammates surrounded her. According to Regidor, Ebon's knee has now been stabilized, although it is slightly swollen. A full diagnosis is not yet available.
"According to my interview with her, 'yung pangyayari, naka-plant na siya, naka-squat na siya, and then nag-twist out," she explained. "Nag-recoil siya to twist in, so 'di ko naman inaano na super major injury siya."
Ebon will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the injury.
"Ngayon medyo less na 'yung worry ko," said Regidor. "According to my interview with her, parang MCL or quad tendon sprain, kasi sabi niya may nag-pop."
Ebon still led the team in scoring with 19 points, while Villareal contributed one point before being carried out of the court late in the extended first set of the match.
The Lady Tamaraws return to action on Saturday, March 30, against University of the East.
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