Since suffering a right knee injury on December 6, 2022, during the 2022 Reinforced Conference bronze medal match, Valdez has been unable to perform.
After undergoing an undetermined right knee treatment, Creamline Cool Smashers standout spiker Alyssa Valdez is still out indefinitely for the PVL.
The player, who has yet to fully recuperate from her knee injury, is nonetheless ready to give it her all for the flag and her nation.
Six Creamline teammates and the three-time Premier Volleyball League MVP are part of the national team pool for the forthcoming 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia in May.
At the 2023 PVL All-Filipino Conference, Valdez did not participate in a single game as she recovered from an unexplained right knee ailment she suffered in December.
The management has confirmed Valdez underwent an operation early this year to aid her recovery, but the team has been mute on the diagnosis and extent of the 29-year-old outside spiker’s injury.
The national team mainstay maintained her optimism that she would recuperate just in time for her national team obligations despite a three-month absence from volleyball competition.
She is doing incredibly well after her recovery, and she hopes to play soon.
Valdez will be participating in the biannual meet for the fifth time in a row, but this time she will be collaborating with her Creamline partners.
Six more Cool Smashers will represent their country alongside Valdez, including Conference MVP Tots Carlos, PVL Best Outside Spiker Jema Galanza, Best Setter Jia De Guzman, Best Opposite Spiker Michele Gumabao, Middle Blocker Ced Domingo, and Libero Kyla Atienza.
The majority of the national team’s players would come from the PVL, according to sources. The Philippine National Volleyball Federation has not yet announced the team’s official lineup.
The national squad has already started preparing for the SEA Games as they will be traveling to Japan for a training camp next month.