There is a chance that Jason Castro will not play at the 2019 World Cup in China, said Gilalas coach Gillian Jeng Guio after the team completed their first official practice Monday at the Meralco gym.
Castro asked to be excused for the day. Guao said they were concerned about Castro's situation.
"We will just finalize his status, he has personal priorities, so we will finalize this within the week if he stays on the team or takes a break," Guao said.
Asked about personal problems, Guja said Castro was "the only person who can answer that."
"So far he has served the national team, and I do not think we can say anything against him when he thinks of a holiday," Guiao said.
Castro, who married last Saturday, will definitely leave a giant gap for Gillas if he takes a break from the national team's duties. But Guiao is confident that younger players can climb.
– Of course (it's a big loss). But for me, we have talent. And it's time to allow the next generation. Also next week Kiefer Ravenna can practice. He wants to take the place of Jason, "he said.
Only eight players showed up Monday morning: June Mar Fahardo, Jaffet Aguilar, Marcio Lazier, Raymond Almazan, Roger Pogoy, Gabe Norwood, Mark Barroe and Troy Rosario.