JC Intal hopes injury won’t need surgery

Phoenix veteran forward JC Intal is keeping his fingers crossed that he won’t have to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his ankle due to bone spurs.

The athletic wing man said he’s scheduled for operation in July 7 under renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas. But he remains optimistic that treatment would be enough to keep him from undergoing the knife.

“Hindi pa naman final yung 6 weeks. We are looking at other options/ and treatments for my bone spurs,” Intal told FOX Sports on Friday.

The 6-foot-4 Intal said he has missed the team’s practice for a week already. But he still does some workout to keep himself in condition, while waiting for Dr. Canlas, who is currently out of the country.

The soft-spoken Intal explained that should treatment not be enough from now till July 7, he’ll then have to undergo arthroscopic surgery, a scenario that will keep him out of the game for at over a month.

“Sana hindi na kailanganin ng surgery. Hopefully. But if ever kasi mag-undergo ako ng arthroscopy on my right ankle, definitely I’ll be out for 6 weeks,” said the 32-year-old forward.

Intal missed Phoenix’s 99-87 win over Star on Wednesday during the PBA Campus Tour at the CEU gym in Manila.

He is coming off an impressive stats line of over 12 points and 5.3 rebounds during Phoenix’s maiden conference in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. – By Richard Dy

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