CEBU CITY, Philippines – San Miguel Beermen’s campaign for a six straight Philippine Cup title is now in question after Cebuano center Junemar Fajardo was ruled out for the Season opening conference after injuring his shinbone in team practice last Monday.
The SMB Management released an official statement hours ago to confirm Fajardo’s injury.
“San Miguel Beermen center June Mar Fajardo suffered a complete fracture on his right tibia during a team practice last February 3. He was immediately brought to a hospital, where assessment on the extent of his injury and initial treatment were made.
He underwent successful surgery last February 4 and will be scheduled to go through post-operation rehabilitation to allow him to recover at the soonest possible time. During this rehabilitation phase, the team regrets that he won’t be able to play for the San Miguel Beermen in the Philippine Cup. June Mar, for his part, is also saddened that he may not be able to join any upcoming international competitions.
The San Miguel Beermen management is committed to ensuring that June Mar will get the best medical care, and would like to thank fans for the messages of concern and well wishes,” SMB’s official statement read.
The former UC Webmasters pivot underwent surgery last Tuesday to repair the broken right tibia he acquired after laying-the-ball-in on a fastbreak.
“Junemar intercepted a pass and went for a lay-up. His right leg gave way when he landed (following the lay-up). That was an old injury that did not heal completely,” Fajardo’s advisor and mentor Atty. Baldomero C. Estenzo told iNews.Ph.
After hours of surgery under the skillful knife of Dr. Raul Canlas at St. Luke’s Medical Center, the broken shinbone was corrected and the 6-foot-10 giant from Tajao, Pinamungajan, Cebu is now going through the after-surgery rehab in hopes he can be back in harness the soonest possible time.
“That’s a broken tibia. It will take maybe a year to completely heal. So meaning goodbye to the hopes of SMB for a sixth straight Philippine Cup title and his (Fajardo’s) personal 7th straight MVP title,” added Atty. Estenzo.
Fajardo, winner of PBA’s five straight MVP awards, who is way ahead over the rest of the chasers for a sixth straight MVP plum, which would be revealed on the 45th PBA Season Opening in March 1, had suffered the same injury that kept him at bay for two months in the 2018 Governor’s Cup.
Without Fajardo, SMB is now in a frantic search for a replacement which will now be narrowed down to Mo Tautuaa, who was traded by the Beermen for Christian Standhardinger prior to the start of the 2019 Governor’s Cup. /RCM