Gilas Pilipinas will have to wait a little longer to round out their practice lineup after Poy Erram and Matthew Wright were sidelined with minor injuries Monday.
Team physical therapist Dex Aseron said Wright suffered a right peroneal tendon sprain during the team's halfcourt runs, while Erram rolled his right ankle after landing awkwardly on a rebound attempt in a full-court scrimmage.
Both are day-to-day and will undergo tests to assess the extent of their injuries.
"I can still feel some pain," Erram said. "It's not a high ankle injury like others. Nothing serious. I think I can play it. I'll just have to see tomorrow if I can work with it or if I need to rest it for a day."
Wright also insisted that he'll be fine and will play in the FIBA World Cup even if he has to miss practice time.
"It's just precautionary. I'll get an MRI tomorrow on my ankle and see how it is," Wright said. "Hopefully I won't miss a lot (of time) but definitely, I had to sit out today. It was pretty painful so I need to get it checked out."
The team was picking up some momentum after nearly a week of practices.
"Everyone has to be healthy," Erram said. "Coach Yeng told us that we need to be healty since we're not complete. If one goes down, that'll be difficult. That's why we need to take care of our bodies."
Gilas is also waiting on June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario and RR Pogoy to join the team.
The trio were expected Monday to show up at the Meralco Gym.
All three played heavy minutes in the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals that San Miguel won in six games.
"[M]aybe they're still tired. Maybe tomorrow they'll be here. We're trying to get in touch with them and try to confirm, but so far, there's still no confirmation," Gilas coach Yeng Guiao said.
Guiao said their absences aren't ideal for a Gilas squad that is already grasping for time with two weeks left until the start of the FIBA World Cup.
"It would be a shame if the days go to waste, but we can't force them. We all know they just came from the finals so maybe they know how they feel, they know what their bodies require. So we're giving them the benefit of the doubt," Guiao said.
Guiao would like Fajardo, Rosario and Pogoy to join the team by Wednesday.
"We'll wait for them [for] one or two more days but if they don't arrive, we'll have to make a decision," he said.
The national team has had productive practices without the three, and made huge strides during the training camp and games in Spain.
Twelve men, led by Andray Blatche, were present in this week's first practice. Joining him were Robert Bolick, Kiefer Ravena, Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Matthew Wright, CJ Perez, Gabe Norwood, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, Poy Erram and Japeth Aguilar.
"We're doing well, really. Actually some of you guys are witness to our practices. We're moving a lot better now. We're getting the chemistry, the cohesion," Guiao said. "Our players, even if that camp was tiring because we did twice-a-days, in some ways, it felt like it's also refreshing because the environment was different, the foes were different."
Gilas will have two goodwill games against Australian club Adelaide 36ers on August 23 and 25.
"They will be crucial especially for the last two slots. Also for our final adjustments, we need to see our last-minute adjustments and we'll see how we decide on the 12-man lineup," Guiao said.