Jayson Castro drives to the basket.
Jayson Castro drives to the basket.

MANILA — The coaching staff of Gilas Pilipinas heaved a sigh of relief after an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) examination showed that speedy guard Jayson Castro suffered no “structural damage” in his left Achilles heel.

Castro’s status, however, remained a day-to-day concern, said Josh Reyes, son of national team Coach Chot Reyes and one of Gilas Pilipinas assistant coaches. His heel was still swelling, he said.

The scoring champion of the PBA last season injured his ankle during a tune-up game against a team from Spain.

Castro apparently slipped on a wet spot while trying to secure an inbound pass by Ranidel de Ocampo during their game which the Nationals lost, 75-66.

Reyes said the 5-foot-11 Castro is still wearing a protective boot.

“For all those who are asking, MRI revealed no structural damage. Whew! Still swelling in his Achilles, though. Jayson’s status is day-to-day,” Reyes wrote in his account @joshreyes8.

Reyes also wrote about the condition of Paul Lee, who has missed several friendly games because of a hip injury, saying: “Paul lee is the same status. (Waylon Galvez, MB)


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