Troy Rosario out with mild sprained knee injury

Already without veteran center Kelly Williams and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Tropang TNT will kick off its PBA Governors Cup campaign without rookie forward Troy Rosario, who sprained his knee in practice on Monday.

TNT physical therapist Dexter Aseron said the 6-foot-6 Rosario got entangled with Danny Seigle’s knee during practice, resulting to the injury.

“Na-twist niya yung tuhod niya so nagka-mild sprain siya ng knee. He’ll be out siguro mga 1 week,” Aseron told FOX Sports, hours before the team’s debut game for the conference against Rain or Shine at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The athletic Rosario will be joining Williams (sprained MCL on his knee) and Ganuelas-Rosser (foot and ankle) in the sideline.

The 6-foot-7 Williams, a former PBA MVP, along with Ganuelas will hopefully be able to rejoin the team in 2 weeks’ time.

Rosario, the no. 2 overall pick in last year’s PBA Rookie Draft, is tipped to play a much bigger role for TNT following his impressive stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament won by France last week.

The injury though will force TNT coach Jong Uichico to rely more on his veteran core and Gilas main stays Jayson Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo and Ryan Reyes, with American import Mario Little and Asian reinforcement Michel Madanly providing the much-needed scoring punch.

TNT will be facing a Dior Lowhorn-reinforced Rain or Shine side, which is gunning for a second straight league championship following its title conquest in the Commissioner’s Cup last May. – By Richard Dy

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