NorthPort veteran guard Sol Mercado has been ruled out for the rest of the team’s semifinal series against Brgy. Ginebra after the 35-year old Fil-Am sustained an ankle injury during Game 2.
Mercado, who played four seasons and won three championships with the 2017 Governors’ Cup titlists, landed on the foot of LA Tenorio after attempting to block the shot of his former backcourt partner during the 3:34 mark of the third quarter.
He failed to return to the game and subsequently missed Game 3. The Batang Pier lost both matches to fall behind 1-2 in the series after winning the opener.
While he won’t be needing surgery, the 11-year PBA veteran, however, would be required to rest his ankle for two to three weeks which means he won’t be seeing action anymore against his former team in the semis.
“The x-rays came out negative so there’s no fracture. Thank God. But it’s really, really, really swollen. I probably won’t be playing,” said Mercado.
“It’s tough but it’s out my control. Not much I can do other than trying to cheer my team on,” he added.
After news of his current predicament broke out, fans and supporters, mostly from Brgy. Ginebra, immediately showered him with well wishes.
“It’s crazy. I open my phone and it’s just well wishes and prayers sent to me mainly from Ginebra fans. I find that astonishing just because we are in a series against them,” said Mercado.
“Just to still have that love from them means everything so I just want to let them know that it means a lot to me. Even the NorthPort fans, everybody has been praying for me. I appreciate it,” he added.