|Ateneo's Kiefer Ravena sits on the bench during the Blue Eagles' game against the FEU Tamaraws in the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament. Ravena did not play in the game due to injury. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Five-time defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles will be playing without star guard Kiefer Ravena for the foreseeable future as the former Rookie of the Year is out indefinitely due to injury.
Ravena did not play in the Blue Eagles' overtime loss against the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws on Wednesday, and was seen on the Ateneo bench with his right foot encased in a walking boot.
It was the first time that Ravena had missed a game in his UAAP career.
Ateneo coach Bo Perasol confirmed that the third-year guard was out indefinitely.
"Gusto niya na naman maglaro, but I don't know how he can do that. Iika-ika siya (He was hobbling)," Perasol said, adding that Ravena is scheduled to go through an MRI today.
In an interview with PhilStar.com prior to their game against FEU, Ravena said he wants to wait until he is at 100% before returning.
"Wala pa kong definite date ng pagbabalik, pero aantayin ko muna na maging 100% ako para makatulong na ako sa team," he told Aldo Avinante.
Ravena sprained his right ankle days before the start of the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament, but still saw action in Ateneo’s first game of the season against National University last June 30, where he played eight ineffective minutes and scored two points.
Perasol acknowledged the possibility that Ravena may be out of action for far longer than the team originally expected.
"I've been thinking about that, because I have to think about the worst," he said. "I'm happy with how we played (against FEU), because we had a chance of winning, but it's not going to be enough. We need him if we’re going to go up."