Isa Molde’s injury is just an ankle sprain.
The word comes from University of Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu who says Molde only suffered an ankle sprain instead of a knee injury, as initially feared.
The fourth-year hitter was taken off the MOA Arena court following an awkward landing in the Lady Maroons’ defeat to Ateneo de Manila University on Saturday.
She was wheeled out of the arena early in the second set, evidently agonized, before being taken to the Philippine General Hospital for further examination.
The injury appeared to have impacted the left knee after Molde landed on libero Mirgie Bautista who tried to dive for the ball after Ateneo attempted to spike.
And while the UP star will likely sit the match against the University of the East on Wednesday, the Kenyan volleyball coach believes the injury is nothing serious.
“What I know is she’s gonna be fine. It’s nothing serious,” he said. “She’s going for X-rays, then after the X-rays we’ll be able to talk further about it. Probably, I think it should be a sprain on the ankle. Nothing on the knee.. but what we don’t know is how long she’s gonna stay out.”
With Molde out of the picture, Mr Okumu will have to go back to the drawing board in order to compile a new line-up. The 50-year-old coach believes Marian Buitre will have to step up to fill the spot in the roster.
“Buitre, she’s a very good player. The issue is she’s the same position with Tots Carlos. And they’re both strong players,” said Okumu, when commenting on the match ahead. “Now that Isa is out, then we have to introduce Buitre.
I believe she will do wonders, yeah, yeah. She’s capable of doing wonders, she will give us a lot of strength that we’ve been waiting for,” added Okumu.”
We are yet to see how the UP team adjusts its roster for the upcoming games.