San Miguel main man June Mar Fajardo underwent throat surgery to repair a misaligned Adam’s apple last Thursday and will be out for 4 to 6 weeks.
Beermen head coach Leo Austria broke the news during an interview with ESPN.
“The operation was a success. He cannot talk for a few days so as not to aggravate the wound. He stayed a few days [in the hospital] so he could be monitored because there might be inflammation and his throat might be blocked,” explained Austria in Tagalog.
“After a week, he’ll do cardio. After two weeks, weights. Three weeks, skills training, and after four weeks we will see if he can rejoin our practices. After six weeks, we’re hoping he can play already,” he added.
Fajardo was on the receiving end of Rain or Shine import Steve Taylor’s elbow during the two teams’ meeting last October 9.
“Our doctor was really surprised that he managed to finish the game. We had no idea it was that bad except that he kept on asking for water,” said Austria.
According to the doctor, Fajardo could’ve suffered from a loss of voice if he hadn’t been brought to the hospital after the incident.
With Fajardo sidelined, Austria is expecting the team’s plethora of big men – namely Mo Tautuaa, Rodney Brondial and Vic Manuel to step up big time in order to fill-in the absence of the league’s one and only 6-time MVP.