In the fourth quarter of the first semifinals series game between the Magnolia Hotshots and the NLEX Road Warriors, Marc Pingris collapsed to the floor on a drive. He clutched his left knee and was screaming in pain as medics, teammates and opponents rushed to his side. Pingris was rushed to the hospital after being stretchered out of the court.
The worst case scenario was has been confirmed today. Manila Bulletin writer Waylon Galvez first reported about the status of the injury.
Vetarn forward Marc Pingris of @M_Hotshots is not just out for the rest of semifinal VS @NLEX_FamBam but is likely out for the season due to ACL injury, which requires 6-8 months to recover as per team governor Rene Pardo, adding the surgery is set this week @manilabulletin
— Waylon Galvez (@batangBOYAA) March 12, 2018
This was confirmed by Magnolia Team Governor Rene Pardo to ESPN 5 as reported by Sid Ventura. This was the same injury Pingris suffered when he was with Air 21.
ACL tears usually take a minimum of six months, to around eight months to heal. This means that Pingris will likely be out for the rest of the season to recuperate from his injury.
To make matters worse, Pingris is on the last year of his contract with Magnolia. But the Hotshots have assured the veteran big man that he will not have to worry about the status of his contract.
“He’s worried because it’s his contract year but I told him not to worry about that and focus on getting better,” Pardo said to Pingris.