Jamaica’s squad has been hit by the injury bug ahead of the opening game against Mexico in the CONCACAF final round of World Cup qualifiers next Wednesday at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.
This with the news that forward Jermaine Beckford of English Championship club Huddersfield Town has been side-lined due to a hamstring injury.
Beckford who is Huddersfield Town’s joint leading scorer with 5 goals, has been replaced by Houston Dynamo midfielder Jevaughn Watson in the 23 man squad named by coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore.
The 29 year old was one of 6 English based players invited to the squad along withJobi MCanuff and Gareth McLeary of Premiership team Reading, Theo Robinson of Derby County and Marvin Elliot who plays in the Championship for Bristol City.
The squad meanwhile will assemble in Mexico City on Sunday ahead of the encounter on Wednesday.
It is highlighted by the return of midfielders Omar Daley and Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, along with defender Damian “Stew Peas” Stewart and goalkeeper Donovan Rickets.
The rest of the team includes Dwayne Kerr, Dwayne Miller, Adrian Mariappa, Nyron Nosworthy, Demar Phillips, Dane Richards, Ryan Johnson,Tremaine Stewart, Rudolf Austin, Jason Morrison , Jermaine Taylor as well as local based trio Alvas Powell, Andre Lewis, and Jermaine Hue.
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