Whitmore hopes injured Morgan will be fit for Gold Cup

May 19, 2017
Leicester City's Wes Morgan (left) and Southampton's Jay Rodriguez in action during their English Premier League match at St Mary's in Southampton, England, recently


National team head coach, Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore is hoping injured Leicester City captain Wes Morgan will be fit in time for Jamaica's Caribbean and Gold Cup matches next month.

Morgan has been sidelined since April with a hamstring injury and Whitmore hopes he will make a return to fitness in time for the June 22 first match.

"He is injured at the moment and we don't know when he will be ready, but he was one of the players that we made contact with. He wants to contribute and if he is fit I see no reason he wouldn't be in the squad," Whitmore said.

Whitmore told STAR Sports that he had made contact with three Europe-based players for the Peru friendly game on June 13 as well as the Caribbean and Gold Cup.


Willing and ready


However, neither of the other two, Adrian Mariappa, nor Michael Hector, had confirmed their participation

"We have never ruled him (Morgan) out. It is for the player to see it fit to be around and wants to represent but if he is willing and ready and we see where he can help us, then no problem.

"We will not having any English players for the Peru game. We have made contact with only two and none of them have confirmed their availability as yet," he said.

Whitmore also has big plans for a number of local youngsters in the squad but he needs experiences overseas players to balance the squad.

He will instead have to US based players to like Je-vaughn Watson, Jermaine Taylor, Kemar Lawrence and Alvas Powell, to add balance to the team...

He also added that as long as he is in charge of the national team local players will get a fair chance.

"We have to reward the player who do well in the Premier League but as much as possible we want to strike a balance between the players from MLS and the players who play locally," he added.


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