Tropang TNT guard Jayson Castro out with Achilles injury

Tropang TNT’s cat-quick guard Jason Castro is expected to sit out Sunday’s game against sister team NLEX due to pain on his right Achilles.

The 5-foot-8 sweet-shooting guard rested throughout the week and tried joining practice on Saturday morning, but complained of pain later.

“Nag-try siya kanina mag-practice pero medyo masakit pa daw eh, so malabo siguro siya bukas (Sunday),” TNT physical therapist Dexter Aseron told FOX Sports.

TNT is currently mired at the bottom of the standings at 2-4, in the company of Star and GlobalPort as of posting time.

Star and GlobalPort though though have chances to improve their respective standings as they face separate opponents on Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

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Aseron said they wouldn’t want to risk playing Castro with pain on his right Achilles for fear of possibly aggravating it.

“Medyo may pain na lang ng konti, pero siyempre ayaw ko naman na may pain siya maglaro,” he added.

The 2-time Best point guard in Asia spent the past several days strengthening his right foot without any basketball-related activity.

Castro sustained his injury during the dying minutes of TNT’s 96-88 loss to Star last week.

After NLEX, TNT will be facing 2 tournament heavyweights led by last season’s Commissioner’s Cup Finals runner-up Rain or Shine on March 21, before taking on Barangay Ginebra on March 30.

The 29-year-old Castro is averaging 20.0 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds this conference. – By Richard Dy

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