First, the bad news: Kelly Williams will be out indefinitely as his old ITP illness, which sidelined him for many games in 2009, has returned, forcing Talk N Text to put him on the sidelines.

This was confirmed to by Aboy Castro, team manager of Talk N Text.

“It’s the same one he got in 2009, so he will be on an indefinite medical leave,” said Castro in a text message. “There’s no timeline for his return.”

ITP stands for Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a low platelet count in a complete blood count. It was the same illness which sidelined Williams, then playing for the Sta. Lucia Realtors, for some time in 2009.

Castro said Williams’ absence will definitely affect the frontcourt rotation of coach Norman Black. The former Most Valuable Player shares minutes with Ranidel de Ocampo at the power forward spot.

The Talk N Text team manager hopes this will serve as a blessing in disguise for the other players to step up, especially Rabeh Al-Hussaini, who was acquired by the Tropang Texters before the start of the tournament in exchange for Japeth Aguilar.

“This is a good opportunity for Rabeh to show what he can do,” added Castro.

Now the good news: Ali Peek will be back in action for the Tropang Texters after having his knee treated.

Peek missed the first 10 games of the Tropang Texters after having his knee drained of fluid caused by the wear and tear of playing in the league since 1997. (RJ)

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