TNT guard Roger Pogoy has been ruled out of Gilas Pilipinas' 2019 Southeast Asian Games campaign after being diagnosed with a bulging disc.
Team manager Gabby Cui said in a text message on Wednesday that the injury, which caused nerve irritation in the lumbosacral joint, will force Pogoy to rest for a week before he can begin rehab.
"He won't be able to play for Gilas. Coach Tim (Cone) will choose from the pool on who will replace," said Cui.
Pogoy sustained the back injury late in the KaTropa's 2019 PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals matchup against the Magnolia Hotshots, which TNT eventually won 98-97.
The guard was unable to finish the game after feeling sharp pain in his back while playing help defense on Ian Sangalang with 57 seconds left, just moments after he dove for a loose ball on a prior possession.
No timeline for a return has been set yet, but Cui said the team is hopeful Pogoy will be back in time for TNT's semifinals matchup against the Meralco Bolts.
Gilas will play its first game of the SEA Games when it takes on Singapore on December 4. Before that, the national team will have nine more practice sessions, which will be enough time for Cone to determine Pogoy's replacement.