PBA: Amid a cautious recovery, Arvind Santos is eyeing a February comeback.

Arvind Santos' Northport debut.

Northport veteran Arvind Santos. – PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines — Despite a steady recovery, Northport’s Arvind Santos remains cautious when it comes to the knee that caused him to miss the team’s first game in the PBA Governors Cup on Sunday.

Santos suffered a knee injury just before the PBA Commissioner’s Cup that kept him out for the rest of the previous conference. He has since undergone surgery which he says is on the mend.

“Recovery is fine. But I can’t rush the process because I’m the one who’s going to feel it,” the veteran said later. The team lost 122-92 in coverage Sunday at Phil Sports Arena.

“If it is [injury] I had in my toes, it’s fine to play now but when we’re talking about the lower body it’s different because that’s where I get my speed and power from,” he added.

Along with the 41-year-old cager, Robert Bolk also sat out Batang Pier’s preseason loss due to an ailing hamstring.

Bolk led the final conference with 21 points per game.

As for Santos, they are eyeing the return of a new coach next month. Bonnie Tan In an effort to put Northport into playoff positioning.

“I will try to come back in mid-February. I hope my teammates can win, I have faith in them,” he said.

“Before I play, I hope they get to 4-2,” he also stressed.

Batang Pier started their Commissioners Cup with a loss. They continue their run on Thursday against Chris Newsome-led Meralco at the Ynares Antipolo Center.

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