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Timeline for Calvin Abueva's return still indefinite

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Marcial confirms Abueva's plea (0:22)

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial has not yet provided a timeline for Calvin Abueva's return following the Phoenix star's letter of apology. (0:22)

Calvin Abueva has submitted a letter of apology for the incidents that led to his suspension, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed Friday. Marcial declined to go into specifics and would only say he has met with Abueva.

"He gave a letter and we had a personal talk. He explained and he said some things, which I can't say right now," Marcial said in Filipino.

Marcial would not provide a timeline for Abueva's return. "We'll see. I told him that he needs to show first what he needs to do," Marcial said.

Phoenix coach Louie Alas said he has not spoken to Abueva since Abueva met with Marcial.

"I don't know the content of the letter but he's apologetic," Alas said. "That's what they are asking for, that he apologize and be remorseful."

Abueva was suspended early this month for hitting TNT import Terrence Jones with a clothesline and making obscene gestures towards Maika Rivera, who is dating Blackwater Elite rookie Ray Parks.

Abueva was also banned from attending team practices.

"He's practicing by himself with my conditioning coach," Alas said. "It's just respect to the PBA. Since he was suspended by the PBA he's also suspended in everything."

Without Abueva, the Fuel Masters have three losses in the last three weeks, but have rebounded with back-to-back victories over NorthPort and Ginebra.

"We just need the next man up," said Alas. "The players need to deliver because as I told them, it's not really in our control. Whoever's here, they need to show up. If Calvin returns, then good. If not, it's on them."

Alas said the team misses Abueva's intensity on the floor.

"He's a real game-changer but we just have to tone him down. Sometimes, he's too energetic and out of control," said Alas. "Calvin is not a criminal, he's just really intense but he needs to control it. That's his strength so we can't take it away from Calvin but he just has to control his emotions."

All Alas and Phoenix can do now is wait.