Injury update: Castro doubtful for SEA Games; Bolick to undergo knee surgery

Gilas Pilipinas absorbed a major blow after TNT's Jayson Castro and NorthPort rookie Robert Bolick suffered injuries in their previous PBA games.

Castro, who is making a comeback at Gilas for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games which the country is hosting starting Nov. 30, suffered a calf muscle strain.

TNT physical therapist Dexter Aseron said the result of Castro's MRI (magentic resonance imaging) on Friday revealed a "soleus muscle strain".

"It's (soleus) a muscle connected at the back of the calf and connected to the back of the leg. Jayson had his MRI last night, which revealed he had a muscle strain," Aseron told ESPN5 on Saturday. "Our estimate is he will be out for at least a minimum one month."

The latest development could only mean Gilas will potentially miss the services of the two-time Best Point Guard in Asia when the Philippines hosts the biennial games.

"That muscle will be painful if he moves so we will have to make sure his injury heals well first," said Aseron. "Our goal is by the time he returns to play, he's fully healed."

The 33-year-old Castro left the game in the first quarter after sustaining the injury and immediately underwent an MRI at the Cardinal Medical Center in San Juan. He finished with just two rebounds and an assist while missing his lone attempt in TNT's 126-113 loss to NLEX, which was the KaTropa's first defeat.

Meanwhile, Bolick, who is part of the Gilas 3x3 pool, will undergo knee surgery.

NorthPort team owner Mikee Romero announced the news through a post on Facebook.

"Robert, wish you the best in your operation. The team will miss you for a couple of months, but I'm sure you will comeback stronger. I am behind you all the way," wrote Romero.

Bolick suffered the knee injury after colliding with Dez Wells in NorthPort's 127-119 win over San Miguel. Bolick, who contributed 9 points, 6 assists and 3 boards in the game, managed to split his foul shots before being subbed out for good.