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Injury rules Hector out of opening Gold Cup match

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Friday, June 14, 2019

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TUCKER, St James —Defender/midfielder Michael Hector has been ruled out of Monday's opening Concacaf Gold Cup Group C game against Honduras at the National Stadium as he battles a groin injury.

Hector was not seen at yesterday's training session at Wespow Park in Tucker, St James, and head coach Theodore Whitmore confirmed that the towering defender will not take part in the game on Monday.

Hector, a defender for English Championship Sheffield Wednesday, also sat out the training session held on Tuesday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex with what was then described as “a slight groin strain”.

Ricardo Morris was taken to the hospital yesterday, but his situation was not serious, the Jamaica Observer was told.

Whitmore said the entire team would report to a hospital in St Ann to do “blood work” as part of tournament requirements.

Meanwhile, the Boyz coach said he has a fair idea of the make-up of his starting team for Monday's clash, barring any other setbacks.

“Yes, I have an idea in mind, (but) the only concern is Hector who won't play, but come Monday we will have a much better idea of the final 11 to start,” Whitmore said following the one-hour training session at Wespow Park.

It is expected that at least two changes could be made from the team that beat the USA 1-0, and one new face sure looks to be that of Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, who appears set to make his senior Boyz debut.

Bailey was in the squad that travelled to the USA last week, but was held out on the request of his Bundesliga clubs, which asked that he complete a rest period on his recovery from a hamstring injury.


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