CLARK FREEPORT–San Miguel’s title defense in the PBA Philippine Cup suffered another blow as guard Terrence Romeo was ruled out of the bubble season due to a shoulder injury.
“He’s out for six to eight weeks. ‘Yun ang sabi ng doctor at PT (physical therapist) namin. So, it’s more or less one and a half months” Austria confirmed in a phone call with the Manila Bulletin.
“For me, out na sya this conference,” he added.
According to initial diagnosis, Romeo sustained a dislocated right shoulder after colliding with TNT guard Ryan Reyes with 4:57 left in the second quarter of the Beermen’s 88-107 loss–their second straight defeat in the bubble–on Friday night.
The 5-foot-10 guard was actually one of the bright spots as he tallied 11 points, a rebound and an assist, keeping San Miguel within striking distance, 35-43 prior to the injury.
He was rushed to the nearby Medical City–part of the bubble in Clark, Pampanga–and was able to go back to the Quest Hotel early Saturday with an arm sling on.
Romeo was set to meet with orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Jose Raul Canlas on Saturday afternoon at the hotel.
The three-time scoring champion is the second San Miguel player to be ruled out of the shortened season after six-time MVP June Mar Fajardo suffered a shin injury during the offseason.
Austria said the Beermen’s bid for a record sixth Philippine Cup championship would only get tougher from here on.
“I think ‘yung chances nandoon pa rin but it’s going to be tough for us.”
San Miguel (1-2) will battle the winless Terrafirma (0-2) on Monday