MANILA, Philippines — Carl Tamayo asks Gilas Pilipinas in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers to treat his injured right ankle during the week-long UAAP break.
The University of the Philippines star has revealed he will no longer feature in the national team’s back-to-back matches against Jordan on November 10 and Saudi Arabia on November 13.
“I think I’m not 100% na pupunta sa Gilas et di ako makakatulong pag di ako 100%. I have faith in myself,” said Tamayo, who went scoreless in 12 minutes in UP’s 83-69 victory over Eastern University on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Nararamdaman ko sa sarili ko na I need rest and rehabilitation. I think Gilas will understand naman,” he added.
(I think I’m not 100% to join Gilas and I can’t help them if I’m not 100%. I don’t have confidence in myself. I feel like I need rest and rehab. I think Gilas will understand.)
The ’84 season’s best signing, who sprained his right ankle in their first-round win over EU on October 19, said his injury was not too serious, but he felt that he still needed to take time for her to fully heal.
“One of the reasons we as coach decided not to join is because I might not be able to help them in my current situation,” Tamayo said in Filipino. “I haven’t been able to take part in training because of the injuries that I have to take care of and go through rehabilitation.”
“My injury wasn’t that bad. That’s why I’m still playing, he just needs rehab,” he added.
The Gilas forward, who is averaging 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 17.7 minutes over three Asian playoff games, promises to make himself available for the sixth window in February next year in back-to-back home games. against Lebanon and Jordan before the World Cup.
“Lagi naman ako open para tumulong sa Philippines. Ngayon lang talaga, feeling ko na alanganin yung sarili ko and I think Gilas will understand my situation,” Tamayo said.
(I’m always ready to help the country. I just feel like I don’t trust myself right now and I think Gilas will understand my situation.)
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