Petron star Dindin Santiago-Manabat will miss February’s Philippine Superliga Invitational Cup after confirming she is pregnant.
The 23-year-old broke the news to her Blaze Spikers team-mates moments after Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Foton Tornadoes in Game 3 of the PSL Grand Prix Finals.
Coach George Pascua now faces the difficult task of replacing the middle blocker.
Teams have until January 15 to decide which 10 players they will retain for the upcoming campaign.
Players not included on the list of 10 players can be signed by rival clubs.