Add star guard Stanley Pringle in a long list of key players getting bugged by injuries for the reigning Governor’s Cup champions Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel.
Moments after their first win in front of a live audience in nearly two years, Ginebra coach Tim Cone admitted that Pringle was unavailable in their match against the Northport Batang Pier due to a serious knee injury.
Upon the initial diagnosis following an MRI on Pringle’s knee, Cone revealed that an ACL was seen although a second test showed otherwise.
“The initial one (diagnosis) and it struck my heart, he had an ACL,” bared Cone. “And then they had another look at it, and they’re saying they don’t believe it’s an ACL injury.” “So they’re now doing a second MRI to confirm its not an ACL injury.”
Aside from Pringle, veterans Aljon Mariano, Jared Dillinger, Joe Devance, and Mark Caguioa are yet to make their debut in the season-ending conference due to various injuries.
Cone stressed that he felt that the twice-a-day practice done by his squad just days before the Governors’ Cup is about to kick-off impacted Pringle’s condition badly.
The multi-titled coach also revealed that Pringle collided with teammate MJ Ayaay during a scrimmage in their practice that eventually made the 2020 Philippine Cup BPC awardee to undergo an MRI.
“He felt something on his knee. So he went to an MRI,” Cone bared.
From that point on, Cone admitted to being unsure of the severity of Pringle’s injury, adding they are also rocked by the situation.
“We don’t know exactly if it is severe, or it could be for a few weeks, or it could be six to eight months,” added the league’s winningest mentor. “We’re kind of shaky right now.”