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June Mar Fajardo out for several weeks after throat surgery

Delfin Dioquino
June Mar Fajardo out for several weeks after throat surgery

ACCIDENT. June Mar Fajardo suffers the injury following an inadvertent elbow from Rain or Shine import Steve Taylor Jr.

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Six-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo is expected to be sidelined for six to seven weeks after sustaining a laryngeal fracture

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel star June Mar Fajardo will miss significant time away from the PBA after undergoing a throat surgery for his laryngeal fracture.

Beermen team manager Gee Abanilla on Saturday, October 15, said doctors expect the six-time league MVP to be out for six to seven weeks.

“It was a successful operation,” Abanilla said in a mix of Filipino and English.

“We’re hoping that he heals properly and he heals faster,” Abanilla added. “We’re still assessing him as day-to-day. But definitely, he would be missing a lot of games.”

Fajardo is prohibited to talk and is currently on a liquid diet.

“He cannot talk yet. Actually, he cannot eat yet,” Abanilla said. “It hurts when he swallows.”

The Cebuano big man suffered the injury on October 9 in their 113-105 win over Rain or Shine, where he got inadvertently elbowed by Elasto Painters import Steve Taylor Jr.

Fajardo averages 22 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.5 steals through two games in the Commissioner’s Cup and his absence would be a major blow when San Miguel tangles with Bay Area on Sunday.

Toting a 1-1 record, the Beermen face a packed October schedule as they play four more games against Converge, NLEX, NorthPort, and Meralco before the month ends. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.