Kib Montalbo will have to wait a while before he rejoins TNT Tropang Giga and helps the club retain its PBA Philippine Cup crown.
Montalbo has been missing from the team’s last three games due to a strained groin, including Saturday night’s 78 to 71 win over previously unbeaten Meralco at the Ynares Center.
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His return to the active roster is yet to be determined.
During TNT’s 85 to 78 loss to Blackwater last week, the third-year guard revealed he tore his groin.
“Nakalaro ako ng full game [I was able to play full game] (against Blackwater), but that time, masakit na siya [but that time it hurts already]. The next day, I felt it, wala na siyang lakas [it doesn’t have strength anymore]. And nung pina-check namin siya sa doctor, yun nga may punit, [when we got check up by the doctor we discovered that there was a slit]” the Gilas Pilipinas stalwart stated.
He’s had platelet-rich plasma injections and is now waiting for his injury to heal.
Kib Montalbo’s comeback to TNT is yet to be determined.
The Tropang Giga has gone 2 – 1 in Montalbo’s absence and 3 – 2 overall after defeating the Bolts for sole sixth place.
The La Salle guard expressed his desire to return to the team.
“It really depends on my healing, but yeah, I can’t wait to be back and contribute to the team especially on the defensive end,” Montalbo mentioned.
On pulled or strained groin
What is a strained or pulled groin?
A groin strain is an injury or tear to any of the thigh’s adductor muscles. These are the muscles located on the inside of the thigh.
Sudden movements, such as kicking, twisting to change direction while running, or jumping, usually result in an acute groin strain.
Athletes are most vulnerable to this injury. Groin strains are usually not serious, though a severe strain can be difficult to recover from.
The length of recovery for a groin strain injury is determined by the severity of the injury.
In general, your level of pain can indicate the extent of your recovery. Avoid activities that cause pain while your adductor muscle heals.
Activities should be resumed gradually. This will allow your muscle to fully heal and prevent you from suffering from a recurring groin strain injury.
The amount of time you need to recover will also be determined by your level of fitness prior to the injury. There is no set time frame because everyone is different.
However, as a general rule, you should expect to rest for several weeks before returning to full activities after a groin strain.