San Miguel hopeful Terrence Romeo returns just in time for quarterfinals

San Miguel is hopeful Terrence Romeo could return sometime in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals after the star guard avoided a major injury in his right foot.

Team manager Gee Abanilla said Romeo's right Achilles tendon was found to be "intact" after a checkup with renowned surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas over the weekend.

"I'm still waiting for the report of our PTs, but it looks like there is a chance for him to rejoin the team hopefully by the quarters, although of course he won't be 100 percent," disclosed Abanilla, days after the two-time champion left the "semi-bubble" in Bacolor, Pampanga to get an MRI in Manila.

"He is still in pain and there is still swelling in his feet," added the manager, "(but) according to the MRI and Dr. Canlas, [his Achilles] is still intact."

Romeo sustained the injury after playing just 10 minutes in the Beermen's game against Phoenix last Friday, logging three points, three assists, a rebound, and a steal before being subbed out at the 1:37 mark then lounging on the bench to ice the pain in his foot.

The former Far Eastern University star leads the league in scoring with averages of 19.0 points on 46.8 percent shooting along with 4.5 assists (seventh), 3.2 rebounds, and 1.5 steals (seventh) in 29.3 minutes during six games played.

San Miguel lost its last game against Magnolia last Sunday without Romeo and slid to 6-4 with one game left in the elimination round. Nonetheless, they are already assured of a playoff spot.

Meanwhile, the Beermen still have not ruled out Alex Cabagnot, who remains in recovery from a torn meniscus in his left knee. The seasoned playmaker has not played since July 28 after averaging 12.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and a steal in four games.

"We're not ruling him out yet," detailed Abanilla. "You know me, I am always hoping for the best. Let's see."