June Mar Fajardo sustained a fractured right tibia during team practice last February 3 and has already been ruled out for the season-opening Philippine Cup which kicks off on March 8 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
San Miguel team governor Robert Non, however, believes that the 6-foot-10 Cebuano would most probably miss the entire season 45 of the PBA.
“Normally, namimiss namin si June Mar, one to two weeks. This time, I don’t think he can come back in the second and even the third kasi matindi ‘yung injury niya eh. Parang ‘yung kay Paul George ‘yun eh, ‘yung kind of injury niya,” said Non during the league’s press conference Monday at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City.
While nobody can fill the huge hole that the absence of the team’s main main is expected to create, Non says the coaching staff is making the necessary adjustments to minimize the impact.
“Kailangan mag-step up ‘yung team namin. Meron kaming konting adjustments because of the absence of June Mar this all-Filipino hanggang third conference and hopefully, Mo Tautuaa can fill up the big shoes that will be left by June Mar,” he explained.