By Kristel Satumbaga
Alyssa Valdez won’t be seeing action in the Southeast Asian Volleyball Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchassima, Thailand next week after hurting her right ankle.
A medical certificate provided to the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jose Raul Canlas of St. Luke’s Medical Center ruled that the 26-year-old top spiker suffered a sprain and was advised to rest for seven days.
Valdez accidentally stepped on a teammate’s foot upon landing from a block attempt during practice of her club team Creamline Friday morning.
The Cool Smashers were preparing for Saturday’s match against Chef’s Classics in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference when Valdez got hurt.
“I was told that (Dr. Canlas) asked for an X-ray and advised her not to train or do anything competitive for a week. He also advised her to drink anti-inflammatory meds and have physical therapy,” said LVPI president Joey Romasanta.
Valdez was scheduled to leave for Thailand on Sunday along with Jovelyn Gonzaga, Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag, Eya Laure and Kungfu Reyes, a member of the coaching staff, to join the PH team.
The national team has been training in Thailand for the past week.
With the development, Romasanta said Laure will replace Valdez in the line up for the Grand Prix happening on Sept. 20 to 22 after the coaching staff’s deliberation on Friday night.
The Grand Prix serves as part of the buildup for the 30th Southeast Asian Games that the country is hosting in November.