MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University player CJ Cabatac suffered a gruesome leg injury in the match between the Tamaraws and National University in the UAAP Season 85 men’s volleyball tournament at the San Juan Arena on Saturday.
In the first set with NU leading 17-13, Cabatac went up for a block on the Bulldogs’ Michaelo Buddin after a free ball. On the way down, Cabatac accidentally stepped on Buddin’s leg which broke his right leg bone. Some of his bones were visible from his skin.
The incident seemed to hurt the Tamaraws as they were unable to regain momentum in a 25-20, 25-20, 25-16 loss to undefeated NU.
Cabatac was quickly pulled out of the game with a towel wrapped around his leg. He was immediately taken to Cardinal Santos Medical Center in Greenhills.
FEU is still awaiting results on the injury.
NU coach Dante Alinsunurin expressed his concern for the young player, but he knows that Cabatac will be able to recover from the freak injury.
“I hope he gets well soon. Of course, he will recover. The important thing is that he is back. Whatever the outcome [medical exams] so, he has to keep faith,” said Alinsunurin. “The injury does not mean the end for him. Of course, he’ll be back.”
Alinsunurin had to warn Buddin to get back in the game after witnessing a strange traumatic injury in front of him.
“I’ve seen a lot of this. Unfortunately, it really happens inside the game but I told [them] we need to refocus on what we want to happen. The incident was an accident. I tell my players not to blame anyone. I told them not to think about who hit who and just focus on the game,” Alinsunurin said in Filipino.