Injury forces Lawrence out of Reggae Boyz-USA clash

February 03, 2017
Canada midfielder Tosaint Ricketts (right) is tripped up by Jamaica defender Kemar Lawrence (left) during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup match on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo)


Reggae Boyz defender Kemar 'Taxi' Lawrence has been ruled out for the friendly international against the United States of America (USA) today at the Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, starting at 7:30 p.m. (Jamaica time).

The Major League Soccer New York Red Bull player will not be available due to a hamstring injury he picked up during a club game in the USA. He has been a regular starter for the Jamaica men's senior team playing in the left-back position.

"Kemar Lawrence will not be involved in the game due to a hamstring injury," team manager Roy Simpson told STAR Sports from Tennessee yesterday morning.

He also informed that the other 19 players have settled in and ready for the test against the Americans.

"Everybody is settled. We had a light training session after arriving here on Tuesday. However, each player have to make sure to use the opportunity given by the coach (Theodore Whitmore)," Simpson added.

The game will be the first time that both teams are meeting in a friendly international since 2006. Further, this is the first time both are meeting since the semi-finals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup where Jamaica beat the United States for the first time on US soil.

The last time both teams met in a friendly match was on April 11, 2006 where the game ended in a 1-1 draw with Teafore Bennett getting the goal for the Jamaicans.

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