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Good news: Jema Galanza could be back for UAAP Season 80

Adamson superstar Jema Galanza might need a long time to recover from her injury, but she is expected to be ready just in time for the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament early next year.

Galanza was diagnosed with a tibio-talar dislocation on her right ankle, according to Dr. Edgar Eufemio, the chairman of the Cardinal Santos Medical Center’s Department of Orthopedics.

“(The ankle was) put back in place around 30 minutes post injury. X-ray looks okay, but will take an MRI to assess the soft tissue damage,” Eufemio, who specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy, said.

“She can move her toes and ankle and has no sensory deficits. I will decide what to do after the MRI, but I am inclined to do PRP injections to hasten healing,” he added.

Galanza suffered a gruesome ankle injury on Monday night as Adamson battled College of St. Benilde for their fourth straight win in the PVL Collegiate Conference.

The Lady Falcons were leading early in the third set when the Laguna native landed on the foot of Lady Blazer Felicia Cui, who entered Galanza’s landing spot after a spike attempt.

Writhing in pain and her right ankle apparently dislocated, Galanza, Adamson’s top scorer in the UAAP and the PVL, was stretchered off the court and rushed to the hospital.

Adamson and Akari management have been by Galanza’s side since the incident and have vowed to offer full support on her way to recovery.

“We’re giving Jema the best medical attention possible,” said Akari CEO Christopher Tiu. “We want her back in shape soon and hope she recovers fully.”

The outside hitter recalled the pain and difficulty she had right after the injury.

“Yung pain level kahapon, 10/10 talaga. As in sobrang sakit talaga,” Galanza described. “Halos buong legs ko na siya sumasakit nung di pa naibabalik. Pero nung nabalik siya, naging okay agad. Namamanhid na lang yung paa ko tapos maga siya.”

Carried away by the shock and emotion of Galanza’s unfortunate injury, coach Air Padda declared in post-game interviews that her prized ward might be out for the UAAP season.

Dr. Eufemio, however, said Galanza could be back in time for the start of the Lady Falcons’ attempt to return to the UAAP Final Four.

“With proper rehab, she should be okay to play in 12 weeks,” he said. “Competitively, maybe in 16 weeks. We will know more after the MRI.”

Galanza is just happy for the support she’s been receiving since the game that changed her life forever.

“Syempre gusto ko pasalamatan yung family ko, yung Akari na talagang pumunta dito. Yung friends ko na nanood kahapon, andito silang lahat. Talagang siksikan kami sa room para lang kamustahin ako,” she said.

And when she returns to San Marcelino to start her rehabilitation, Galanza has one request for the Adamson community.

“Pag nakita nila ako, wag silang maawa. Ayoko yung ganun. Gusto ko positive lang lagi. Ngiti lang.”

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