June Mar Fajardo will play limited minutes when he makes his much-awaited return from injury on Saturday as San Miguel battles Rain or Shine at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.
Fajardo has been out for two months because of injury to his right shin and SMB coach Leo Austria wants his star center to slowly feel his way back into the rotation.
“I think he is ready to play (on Saturday), but I don’t think he’ll get his usual minutes,” Austria said.
Fajardo’s return should serve as a confidence-boost for the Beermen, who remain hopeful in their bid to secure a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
San Miguel won its last three games to move into sixth place at 5-4 behind the strong plays of import Kevin Murphy and Christian Standhardinger.