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Ankle injury keeps Matthew Wright from joining the pool as Gilas awaits for late additions

by Reynald Magallon, February 13, 2020 12:02pm

Phoenix Fuel Masters gunner Matthew Wright showed up in Gilas practice on Wednesday not to join the team though but rather explain his intention to beg off from the pool.

Wright talked to program director Tab Baldwin explaining that he won't make it to the pool as he's still rehabbing an ankle injury

"Matthew Wright pulled out because he has something with his ankle he came by actually he talked to Coach Tab. He said he wanted to join but unfortunately he has to rehab his ankle so he won't make it," said Gilas team manager Gabby Cui after the team's practice at the Meralco gym.

Wright joined Christian Standhardinger and Mac Belo as Gilas pull outs owing to their respective injuries while Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar is on a long delayed honeymoon.

With the a couple of players pulling out form the pool, Gilas had decided to tap more players to replace them. They have recently added Justin Chua and Javee Mocon who is set to replace Wright in the pool.

"Fortunately we have Javee Mocon here. He's willing to help the team so I'm happy for Javee," said Cui.

Also invited to the pool were Vic Manuel and Abu Tratter although they have yet to show up in practice. Cui also bared that they also named Mo Tautuaa to the pool.

"We're waiting for Vic and Abu. We talked to them and they're very willing to help out knowing that there have been a lot of invitees said they won't make it so they just came from the building so Abue will be here on Friday. Si Vic I think his wife is giving birth on Saturday so baka nandito sya Sunday," said Cui.

"Actually, if you look on the FIBA andun si Mo Tautuaa, we also invited him," Cui added.

Meanwhile, Justin Baltazar has yet to report to practice although Cui said that they're still talking to the De La Salle big man.

"Justin, we're still talking to him we're still waiting sa confirmation from him. Initially he said he wanted to help but we're still waiting."

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