Recuperating Troy Rosario still eager to train with Gilas

Andray Blatche, Troy Rosario join second night of Gilas daily practice (1:48)

Andray Blatche and Troy Rosario are back in action with Gilas Pilipinas for the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. (1:48)

Injured but not discouraged, Troy Rosario found himself inside the Meralco Gym training with Gilas Pilipinas on Tuesday night.

Rosario has been sidelined for nearly a week due to an injury he suffered last Wednesday against the Phoenix Fuel Masters. The high-leaping forward unfortunately fell down hard on the MOA Arena floor, hurting his jaw in the process. He was in attendance for KaTropa TNT's next game against Barangay Ginebra but did not play.

His injury however did not keep from attending Gilas' practice on Tuesday where he explained that he was already cleared for light training.

"I'm okay. I was advised by my neurologist to have light practice for three days and then see if anything changes," Rosario said.

Rosario participated in shootarounds but did not engage himself into contact scrimmages.

"Well, he's cleared to practice, but he's really not cleared to play," noted Gilas head coach Chot Reyes. "He's cleared to do some light workouts, shooting drills, but not really full contact, so you know, we're not keeping our hopes up high for him to be able to join the team."

The TNT forward went on to explain that he wasn't cleared for scrimmages just yet because any sign of dizziness will be dangerous.

"It's only my jaw, I'm having trouble opening it," he shared, also mentioning that his wrist was hurt during the fall. Rosario's wrist was wrapped in bandages which he revealed bothered his shooting.

Rosario has been virtually ruled out for the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, even though Coach Chot has yet to reveal the final lineup. For the moment, it will be doubtful if Rosario can still be at a hundred percent by next week against Australia.

Despite recovering from his injury, he pointed out that he's still willing to attend the daily practices of Gilas.

"I'll go every day for practice," Rosario said hopefully. "We have a game tomorrow (Wednesday) so I'll go to practice first before going to the game to watch."