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San Miguel’s Romeo Ruled Out of PBA Philippine Cup With Shoulder Injury

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San Miguel Beermen has lost another key cog to its title-retention aspirations with Terrence Romeo being ruled out for the rest of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup due to shoulder injury.

Beermen head coach Leo Austria said on Saturday that Romeo will be out for six to eight weeks after dislocating his right shoulder.

The former Far Eastern Univetsity Tamaraws guard sustained the injury when he collided with TNT Tropang Giga’s guard Ryan Reyes in the second quarter of their 107-88 loss on Friday evening.

“I waited for him to return from the hospital last night because I wanted to talk to him,” said Austria. “Unfortunately, he’ll he out for the rest of the tournament because the diagnosis is that he’ll miss six to eight weeks to rehabilitate and strengthen his shoulder.”

“Right now our focus is to help him get back to we’re trying to arrange how he can get home because he needs the support of his family. He’s very frustrated right now,” he added. “He was asking me ‘Coach, why me and why now?’ because he really prepared for this conference.”

Romeo was the third player to be ruled out this conference with the Beermen with June Mar Fajardo out of the PBA Bubble due to an injury and Matthew Ganuelas-Rosser stranded in United States.

Austria said that he is hoping that free agent signees Angelo Alolino and rookie Wendelino Comboy to step up in lieu of the former Gilas Pilipinas guard.

“We signed Gelo Alolino and Wendel Comboy before the season started and I hope they get to contribute now that Terrence won’t be with us here,” Austria said.

“We know what Alolino can do and Wendel was a good player in college who just needs more experience in the professional level before he can really contribute,” he added.

“It’s another big challenge for us,” admitted Austria. “Our core is not getting any younger and our big man, Mo (Tautuaa), is still trying to get adjusted to his new role as primary big man but we still believe in each other and we’ll still do our best to defend the championship.”

The Beermen are currently on two-game losing skid as it dropped to 1-2 slate. Their next game is against lowly TerraFirma Dyip (0-2) on Monday night.

PHOTO: Terrence Romeo.