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Injured Ravena hits another roadblock with 3-month layoff

San-En NeoPhoenix import Thirdy Ravena suffered another setback to his basketball dreams after his team announced that he will sit out at least 3 months following a successful right index finger surgery.

A few hours prior to the announcement, the three-time UAAP Finals MVP posted a post-op update on social media, and was in high spirits.

However, the unfortunate fact remains that this is already the third major roadblock for Ravena in his historic foray to professional basketball, where he was already named an All-Star before being replaced at the last minute due to his injury.

Less than two months earlier last November 27, the 24-year-old was sidelined for two weeks after contracting COVID-19. By the time he returned, his team was already languishing with a 2-19 record.

To top it all off, Ravena wasn’t even with the team to start the B. League season as he was hampered by visa issues last October 2. After two weeks, he finally left the Philippines but had to start a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon landing in Japan.

He missed the team’s first 11 games, a stretch where they went 1-10, before having a winning debut last November 7.

Regardless of the numerous setbacks, however, Filipino fans have been going all out in their support for Ravena, as NeoPhoenix games regularly top B. League viewership charts despite their dismal record. – Rappler.com