MANILA, Philippines – With the PBA season opening for 2021 delayed, six-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and San Miguel found themselves in an unexpected blessing.
Fajardo, who is recovering from a leg injury he suffered in early 2020, was due to run for the Beermens at the start of the 2021 season, but with competition due to start a little later, his recovery was extended for an indefinite amount of time.
“With the current situation, I’m sure the start of the season will be out of place. It would be good for June Mar’s recovery, ”Beermen team manager Abanilla said, according to PBA.ph.
Fajardo suffered a fractured right tibia during San Miguel training ahead of the start of the 2020 season, which forced him on the sidelines as the league traveled to Clark, Pampanga for the Cup bubble from the Philippines.
Without Fajardo, the Beermen were knocked out in the quarter-finals despite a two-time advantage over Meralco.
While his teammates were at Pampanga, Fajardo had one-on-one training sessions with some of the Beermen staff, but he is still not allowed to have full contact training.
Nonetheless, Abanilla said Fajardo’s recovery is on track.
“He’s recovering well,” Abanilla said in Filipino. “He’s slightly on schedule.”
The PBA’s original plan to start the season in April was derailed after the Philippines had a spike in COVID-19 cases with the Department of Health’s latest count at 819,164.
“I hope everything is fine,” Abanilla said of the pandemic.
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