Calvin Abueva joins Phoenix Fuel Masters in Clark bubble but return still uncertain

Calvin Abueva is inching closer and closer to an official PBA comeback after the league gave him the go-signal to join the Phoenix Fuel Masters at the Quest Hotel in Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles, Pampanga.

Team manager Paolo Bugia confirmed the development Wednesday. However, the league has yet to decide on whether to allow Abueva to play in the official games at the Angeles University Foundation Gym.

Suspended for 15 months now, Abueva also posted an Instagram story of him inside the hotel around lunchtime.

"Yes, (the) PBA has allowed him to join the bubble and participate in team practices. No final decision yet for official games," Bugia said.

On Tuesday, the 32-year-old forward met with Games and Amusements Board (GAB) officials Eduard Trinidad and June Bautista to talk about his returning to play. He was accompanied by Phoenix head coach Topex Robinson.

Robinson later posted a picture of him with Abueva in a bus with a caption "Northbound."

Trinidad was non-committal but said Abueva's request for reinstatement will be tackled in the next GAB board meeting.

If approved, Abueva will have to undergo a webinar on Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Professional Athletes.