San Miguel will hold its sixth straight PBA Philippine Cup without superstar center June Mar Fajardo.
This is after 6-foot-10 Fajardo suffered a shin injury that occurred at the Beermen's team practice on Monday.
As a result, the five-time PBA MVP awardee needed a surgical procedure and long rehabilitation to regain his former form.
The surgery was successful in the Cebuano giant on Tuesday and underwent "post-operation rehabilitation to allow him to recover at the soonest possible time," said San Miguel.
San Miguel has not announced a time when the so-called 'The Kraken' will return to action.
"During this rehabilitation phase, the team regrets that he will not be able to play for the San Miguel Beermen in the Philippine Cup," Beermen said in a statement yesterday.
Fajardo is disappointed in his failure to help San Miguel in the six-peat in the upcoming 2020 PBA Philippine Cup.
Fajardo posted averages of 18.7 points, 13 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks this past PBA season.
In the absence of Fajardo in the All-Filipino tournament, coach Leo Austria expects 6'8 Fil-Tongan Moala Tautuaa.
Beermen will be able to catch Magnolia Hotshots at the start of the tournament on March 1 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Fajardo will be featured in the opening night for the PBA Leo Awards where he will be nominated for the MVP trophy.