No timetable on TNT rookie Troy Rosario’s return after hyperextending his right knee in practice

After his noteworthy stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament early this month, versatile rookie Troy Rosario will likely miss several games for TNT after hyperextending his right knee in practice on Monday.

It came at time when he was just reintegrating himself with his PBA team, days before the Katropa were to debut in the Governors Cup against Rain or Shine.

“Mali yung bagsak ko sa practice ko nung Monday,” shared Rosario, reduced to a mere spectator at the patron section while watching his ball club grind out a 98-95 win over sister team Meralco on Saturday.

The win vaulted TNT into a share of top spot with idle Mahindra and defending champion San Miguel Beer at 2-0, while handing Meralco its first loss after back-to-back wins to start the conference. 

The 2nd overall pick in last year’s PBA Draft joined fellow frontcourt players Kelly Williams and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser in injured bay.

“Di pa alam kelan makakabalik. Depende sa katawan ko kung mabilis maghi-heal,” added the former National University stalwart. 

The 6-foot-7 Rosario said as much as he wanted to contribute to TNT’s title campaign this conference, he will first have to focus on recovering completely from his knee injury.

“Syempre sabik rin ako makabalik. pero kailangan ko munang pagtuunan ng pansin yung recovery ng injury ko,” he said. – Jason Mercene

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