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Kelly Williams out indefinitely for Talk ‘N Text due to illness

AKTV file/Paul Ryan Tan

AKTV file/Paul Ryan Tan

Kelly Williams will be out indefinitely for the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters due to a recurring illness.

The 2008 PBA Most Valuable Player is suffering from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, the same illness that caused him to miss a significant chunk of the 2008-09 season when he was still part of the Sta. Lucia Realtors.

Talk ‘N Text team manager Aboy Castro relayed the news to InterAKTV.

ITP is an auto-immune disease characterized by abnormally low-level of blood platelets, which help prevent clotting.

Williams’ old coach Chot Reyes took to Twitter to praise the player’s fortitude.

With Williams out, the Tropang Texters are expected to lean more heavily on starting power forward Ranidel De Ocampo as well as newly-acquired center Rabeh Al-Hussaini. Ali Peek will also make his return from a knee injury.

“This is a good opportunity for Rabeh to show what he can do,” said Castro. “Also, thankfully, Ali Peek is back already.”

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