Greg Slaughter nursing injured ankle, Gilas stint questionable

Greg Slaughter optimistic about chances to play (1:30)

Greg Slaughter is optimistic he will be eligible to play for Gilas Pilipinas against Iran and said his ankle injury is not serious. (1:30)

Barangay Ginebra center Greg Slaughter is dealing with an ankle injury, putting his return to national team duties in question. Gilas Pilipinas takes on Iran on September 13 for their first game in the fourth window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

Slaughter was injured during Ginebra's 104-98 victory against the NorthPort Batang Pier in the PBA Governor's Cup Wednesday night. Slaughter scored 18 points and nine rebounds in the win, but the injury is a new development in what has been a roller-coaster week for the four-time PBA All-Star out of Cebu.

"I went up for a rebound against Sean Anthony then he fell and I sprained my ankle," Slaughter said on Thursday during Gilas' practice session at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City. "It's the same ankle that kept me out awhile, but we're trying to hasten the healing process and I'm hopeful it'll get better soon."

His eligibility to play as a local is still in the hands of FIBA officials who have received all the necessary documents to allow him to play as a local, but FIBA has not yet ruled on his status.

Slaughter has undergone several treatments prior to the practice, including the infusion of additional oxygen in his blood to help quicken the healing process.