Just 4 games into his return after being sidelined due to an ACL tear on his right knee since March last year, Kevin Alas suffered another ACL tear in the same knee during NLEX’ game against the Meralco Bolts, Saturday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Incidentally, the son of Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas came down with the same injury in the same venue. The younger Alas was forced to miss the entire 2018 season and was in the midst of a much-anticipated return when tragedy struck anew.
The 2nd overall pick in the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft landed awkwardly after figuring in a battle for the loose ball with Bolts forward Cliff Hodge and immediately clutched his right knee while grimacing in pain. He was brought to the Delos Santos hospital where he underwent an MRI.
NLEX management issued a statement on Monday afternoon through its Twitter account (@ArangkadaNLEX) regarding the unfortunate development.
We regret to inform the public that Kevin Alas sustained an ACL injury on his right knee during our February 2 game against the Meralco Bolts. Our medical team is set to confirm the extent of the injury through MRI results on Tuesday, February 5.
This is the same knee which was injured in last year’s Philippine Cup. According to our medical team, Kevin will be out of action for several months as he goes through another round of surgery and therapy.
We thank our fans for supporting Kevin Alas during his 2018 recovery. It is no secret that Kevin worked extremely hard to get back in fighting form for the 2019 PBA season.
Kevin Alas’ therapists, coaches, teammates, and entire NLEX Road Warriors family are all witnesses to his patience, perseverance and desire to play the sport he loves. #ArangkadaAlas
We regret to inform the public that @kevinlouiealas sustained an ACL injury on his right knee during our February 2 game against the Meralco Bolts. Our medical team is set to confirm the extent of the injury through MRI results on Tuesday, February 5. #ArangkadaAlas pic.twitter.com/4KvX2GqtGc
— NLEX Road Warriors (@ArangkadaNLEX) February 4, 2019