Red Bull’s Rich Alvarez will be out for the whole of the Philippine Cup after suffering an ACL injury in a team scrimmage last Wednesday. The 6’4″ Alvarez is scheduled to be operated anytime this week.
â€œMalas talaga,â€ said Red Bull coach Yeng Guiao. â€œMarami na nga ang nawala sa amin, tapos dumagdag pa yung injury ni Rich.â€
â€œNow, weâ€™re the underdogs. Pero dyan naman tayo mas nasusubukan eh. Kapag underdog tayo, lalo tayong tumatapang,â€ he added.
The loss of Alvarez would be a big blow to the Barakos’ campaign this coming conference. The team have already lost Alvarez’s ex-Ateneo teammates Enrico Villanueva and Larry Fonacier to San Miguel in a trade earlier. Expected to fill the gap for Alvarez is ex-San Sebastian standout Leo Najorda and veteran Don Camaso, although a trade for a combo forward could also not be discounted.