Wright’s status ‘day-to-day,’ uncertain vs Adelaide 36ers with foot injury
MANILA, Philippines—With already one less shooter in the lineup following the injury to Marcio Lassiter, Gilas Pilipinas can breathe a sigh of relief after sweet-shooting swingman Matthew Wright is expected to be healthy enough in time for the Fiba World Cup.
National team coach Yeng Guiao said Wright, who hurt his right foot in practice on Monday, just needs to take a few days off to heal.
“I think Matthew’s injury is not really serious. It’s just four to five days of rest,” Guiao said during the team’s press conference and sendoff Wednesday at Meralco Multi-Purpose Hall.
Still, Wright’s recovery period would cost him valuable time especially with the World Cup less than two weeks away.
“But my concern is everyday is important from here on out. So if you lose one day it’s going to be a big factor and what more if you lose four to five days so it’s really a big concern especially now,” Guiao said.
The injury also makes the 28-year-old Wright doubtful for Gilas’ closed-door scrimmages against Australia’s Adelaide 36ers scheduled on Friday and Sunday.
“I would’ve wanted to him play in the Australia series but up to now that’s still day-to-day.”
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