Oct 04, 2022

Injured Newsome confident about next man up for Meralco

CHRIS Newsome may be out for a while for Meralco, but the Bolts' main man remains positive about their campaign in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Newsome strained his calf in the team's first game this conference opposite NorthPort and missed the Bolts' outing against Barangay Ginebra in a 99-91 loss for an 0-2 start.

Given the sensitivity of his condition, the veteran guard could likely miss a couple of games before returning to active duty.

But the 32-year-old product of Ateneo believes the rest of the Bolts can carry the torch in his absence.

"Our team goes through adversity with me not being there, but a lot of the guys are putting in the work and are capable of stepping up and making the difference," said Newsome.

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The Fil-Am guard, who is part of the Gilas Pilipinas training pool, noted it's his first time to miss a game as a pro due to injury.

He would have loved to keep the streak going, but admitted he's actually looking at the big picture.

"You have to be delicate with those things, of course," Newsome said. "You've got to do the best for your body.

"But basketball players have to go through this in their basketball careers. Its part of the game, the injury is part of the game, the recovery process is all part of the game. Even the greatest players in the world, they get injured at times, so it's all part of it."

Now it's all up for the other Bolts to stand up and deliver.

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"There are a couple of people capable of making the difference with me not being there," he said. (RG)