Alyssa Valdez takes backseat for now following ankle injury

With her right ankle injury, Alyssa Valdez sits at the sidelines for now as she takes some time off to return to full form.

In a Facebook post, Republic Biscuit Corporation (REBISCO) revealed the scoring ace will undergo physical therapy following her injury, preventing her from joining the national women’s volleyball team in Thailand for their training camp.

Valdez said she sustained the injury after landing on a teammate’s foot while in training.

“Thursday morning sa training namin, I was trying to block Mama Fille kasi magsa-spike siya; pagka-land ko, I stepped on her foot then I suffered an ankle injury. I think it was midfoot,” Valdez said.

Despite being unable to play for her supposed last game with the Creamline Cool Smashers before her national team commitment, the team captain still had reasons to celebrate as her squad dismantled the Chef’s Classics Lady Red Spikers in straight sets, 25-11, 25-14, 25-21, earlier in the 2019 PVL Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.

While Valdez can already walk, she said the doctor told her to rest and undergo therapy to regain full form.

“I [went to] the doctor yesterday and he advised me to rest for seven days and take therapy, [but] not advisable to go kasi baka mag-swell din ‘yung paa. Hopefully everything is clear kapag nakita na ng doctor ‘yung x-ray,” Valdez said.

Her injury will also cause Valdez to miss the national team’s Thailand training for their 2019 ASEAN Grand Prix stint as part of their preparation for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.

But even if her doctor cleared her to play for the national team, Valdez said it is up to the coaches if she will see action as she missed opportunities to practice with the other players.

“I cannot diagnose or say kung anong nangyari sa paa ko, but it would be unfair kasi I really had no time to prepare with the team, so if I am allowed to play, it’s the call of the coaches and the management,” Valdez explained.

Right now, she is focused on getting back to her lethal form and called other players to take care as injuries come unexpectedly.

“Nung first day talaga, I can’t walk but now I can walk naman na—mas tolerable na yung pain so hopefully mas mabilis din yung recovery. Sa training it’s tiring din kaya importante talaga na alagaan ‘yung sarili,” she said.

Ten members of the 16-strong national team headlined by mainstays Aby Marano, Dawn Macandili, and Mylene Paat are already in Thailand with newcomers Kalei Mau, Alohi Robins-Hardy, and Kath Arado.

PVL players including Creamline’s Jia Morado, Choco Mucho’s Maddie Madayag, Pacifictown Army’s Jovelyn Gonzaga, and UST’s Eya Laure are set to follow with coach Kungfu Reyes tomorrow.

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