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Terrence Romeo back in Manila to have Achilles tendon examined

San Miguel star Terrence Romeo will have his right Achilles tendon examined in Manila and is unlikely to suit up for the Beermen on Sunday against Magnolia.

Team manager Gee Abanilla said Romeo's return to the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup semi-bubble in Bacolor, Pampanga will hinge on the severity of his injury, which the 29-year-old guard sustained Saturday in the first quarter of SMB's 110-80 blowout win over Phoenix.

"He went back to Manila for a check-up. If things are good enough, he will be back in Pampanga. That is assuming he is good enough to have his rehab with our PTs," Abanilla said in a text message.

"He won't be available on Sunday, most likely."

Romeo only played 10 minutes against the Fuel Masters and was unable to return after being subbed out at the 1:37 mark in the opening frame. He posted three points, three assists, a rebound and a steal during that span.

In-game reports cited a pain in the insertion of his right Achilles tendon as the reason for Romeo's absence the rest of the game.

This is the second injury to hound Romeo this conference after he suffered a hyperextended left knee in the team's season opener last July.

"Terrence is a hard-worker. I'm sure he wants to play because he's prepared well for this tournament. If he gets injured again, that's not going to be good for us because we all know Terrence is one of the top scorers today," coach Leo Austria said Saturday.

Romeo is second in the league in scoring and has averaged 19.0 points on 47 percent shooting, 4.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in six games.

SMB (6-3) will try to bolster its chances of securing a twice-to-beat advantage when it takes on the Hotshots (7-3) Sunday, 4:35 p.m.