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Thirdy Ravena undergoes successful hand surgery

Filipino basketball star Thirdy Ravena revealed that he underwent a successful surgery on his right hand on Thursday, January 7.

Ravena, who sustained a metacarpal oblique fracture on his right index finger last Saturday, January 2 in the game against Sun Rockers Shibuya, will now continue his recovery process in order to return to basketball action with San-en NeoPhoenix.

"Happy to announce that my operation was a success! Thank you to the wonderful team of Dr. Nakao at Chunichi Hospital and my Neophoenix family. Be back soon ❤️," wrote the San-en Asian import on Instagram.

On Wednesday, January 6, San-en confirmed that Ravena has been officially pulled out from the Japan B. League All-Star games dunk contest, where he was given a slot in the B.White team upon a recommendation from the league.

According to San-en, the diagnosis remains unchanged and the team will continue to give updates on the situation, as well as Ravena's recovery.

Ravena exited the court in the 3rd period after hurting his right hand during a loose ball situation and did not return for the remainder of the game.

Before the injury, the Filipino stalwart had 6 points and 4 rebounds in 18 minutes of action.

The NeoPhoenix are currently on a sorry five-game losing streak, with their last win being a sweep of the Hokkaido Levanga, marked by Ravena's return from COVID-19 illness.

The country's lone three-peat UAAP Finals MVP has only played in 12 games with San-en since his late arrival to Japan due to visa issues. – Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.

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