Choco Mucho captain Maddie Madayag has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on her left knee, the Rebisco-backed club team confirmed on Friday (August 13).
“We are all praying for your speedy recovery from your ACL injury. Nothing can stop the heart of a true Titan!” the club team wrote on its official Twitter account.
Madayag sustained the said injury in Game One of the 2021 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference battle for third on Wednesday, where her left knee buckled upon landing following an attack attempt in the fourth set.
The 5-foot-11 middle blocker writhed in pain while clutching her knee before she was carried off the court with a wheelchair. She would then undergo MRI at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in Batac, Ilocos Norte within that day.
Madayag suited up for the sixth consecutive time when she hurt her knee in a grueling stretch for the Flying Titans, which saw action in the final two playdates of the elimination round before engaging in a best-of-three semifinal series with Chery Tiggo Crossovers and two more matches with Petro Gazz Angerls in the bronze-medal bout.
This is not the first time Madayag suffered such a setback.
Back in 2016, she endured a torn ACL on her right knee while representing Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) in the collegiate scene. She eventually returned to action after a year of rehabilitation and steered the Lady Eagles to the promised land in 2019.
Despite the unfortunate development, Choco Mucho remains upbeat that Madayag will be able to overcome adversity yet again.
"See you on the court again soon. We love you Maddie!" the team said in a tweet.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.
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