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Fajardo raring PBA return to help struggling San Miguel in playoff hunt

Delfin Dioquino
Fajardo raring PBA return to help struggling San Miguel in playoff hunt

BADLY MISSED. June Mar Fajardo has missed six straight games since his throat surgery.

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San Miguel star June Mar Fajardo has been sidelined for more than a month after undergoing a throat surgery

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel gets a much-needed shot in the arm for its playoff hunt as prized big man June Mar Fajardo eyes a PBA comeback.

The six-time PBA MVP has now missed six straight games after he underwent a throat surgery that kept him out for more than a month, leaving the Beermen without their best player in such a crucial stretch.

Already in uniform, he watched San Miguel drop to 3-5 and fall out of the playoff picture to ninth place following a sorry 80-85 loss to top seed Magnolia on Wednesday, November 16.

“I’m feeling better. I hope this continues,” said Fajardo, who suffered the throat injury following an inadvertent hit from Rain or Shine import Steve Taylor Jr. last October.

“I’ll try next game,” he said when asked about his return. “We’ll ask clearance from the doctors if they will allow me to play.”

As the Cebuano star tries to regain his top form, he also has to get used to living and playing with a metal implant in his throat.

Fajardo also got a metal piece attached to his body when he underwent surgery for his broken shin more than two years ago.

“At first, it felt awkward, but I’m used to it now because it is now a part of my body and it will no longer be removed,” Fajardo said.

Crowned the Best Player of the Conference in the Philippine Cup, Fajardo continued his dominant ways in this tournament, averaging 22 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.5 steals in two games before his injury.

The Beermen expect Fajardo to produce the same numbers as they try to catch the quarterfinal bus with four games left in the elimination round.

“When I return, I’ll give my all to help the team. We’re at the bottom of the standings so I hope I can be of help once I return,” Fajardo said.

San Miguel battles Phoenix on Saturday, November 19, at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig. – 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.