Injured F2 Logistics setter Kim Fajardo is still uncertain of her return in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix 2019 semifinals as she is yet to get clearance to play from the doctors.
“Wala pa kasi akong clearance talaga e. Weekly naman ‘yung check-up ko so hindi ko alam. Every week sinasabi sa akin na you can play, ganiyan. Hindi natin alam, tingnan natin next week. Hindi ko talaga alam. Wala kaming alam,” Fajardo, who still has cast on her injured finger, told FOX Sports Philippines.
Arguably one of the best setters in the country today, Fajardo sustained a finger injury during a block attempt on UVC’s Kalei Mau in February.
Per initial assessments, she will be out for only two weeks. She underwent surgery last month, but after almost two months, the former La Salle star has yet to receive the nod to play.
With a dangerous PLDT squad as their foe in the best-of-three semifinals, Fajardo’s return for the Cargo Movers will be a welcome boost for the team.
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In lieu of Fajardo, the reigning silver medalists fielded Alex Cabanos as its primary playmaker. With Cabanos as setter, F2 Logistics has won 9-out-of-13 games and has successfully returned to the semifinals for the sixth straight time.
Unfortunately, though, the University of Sto. Tomas alum is a disadvantage at the net due to her height and shows lapses during crunch time.
But while this was the case, Fajardo said she salutes Cabanos for rising to the occasion and trying her best. Cabanos, said Fajardo, has done a good job for the Cargo Movers.
“Okay, sobrang okay. Saludo ako kay Alex. Hindi rin kasi naming ginusto na may nangyari sa akin pero tinanggap niya nang buo ‘yung role so sa akin talaga sobrang taas ng respeto ko sa kaniya. ‘Yung pagtanggap niya parang inako niya talaga lahat ng responsibility,” she said.
Fajardo and the Cargo Movers look to draw first flood against PLDT on the 4:15 curtain raiser on April 23 at the FilOil Flying V Center.
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