Key Players Nearing Return for Sparks

After suffering a heavy blow of injuries right before the start of the UFL Cup campaign, the Loyola Meralco Sparks’ health is steadily improving. Arnel Amita had a successful surgery to his knee, while Joaco Cañas is back in full training. Two other key figures are also nearing returns to action.

“It went well naman. Yung ni-repair lang is yung ACL. The meniscus, just a very small portion,” said Anna Demegillio, the Sparks’ Physical therapist. “Early weight bearing was approved after a week, which is a better prognosis when it comes to his rehabilitation. But of course, yung rehabilitation will only be successful kung compliant yung patient.”

Given the positive response to knee surgery, the talented young midfielder will be expected to return anywhere between August and October.

“Normally it’s 6-8 months, but it depends on gaano kasipag si Arnel sa rehab niya.”

The Sparks’ roster, which was whittled down to just 14 available players against Pasargad two weeks ago, may have a trio players back heading into the weekend’s massive encounter with Global.

“Joaco Cañas has been cleared for full training,” Anna said. “While Phil and Simon will still need to undergo a fitness test before being involved.”

Last Saturday’s win over Green Archers resulted in a few worries, however, with strikers Alvaro Castiella and Tahj Minniecon needing to stay under a close eye.

“Alvaro suffered a mild ankle sprain and will be under observation. Tahj sustained a concussion and will be under constant observation as well.”

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