Russell on recovery path
La-Tavia Russell Jamaica's top female beach football striker is recovering at home in Hanover following successful surgery done on the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee last Wednesday.
Russell collided with Trinidad and Tobago's goalkeeper in the championship match in the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) beach tournament on July 22 in the Bahamas.
Jamaica coach Andrew Price said the player was in good spirits when he spoke with her yesterday morning and she was in good spirits.
"The surgery went well. She is at home in high spirits. I spoke with La-Tavia and she is just taking it one-day at a time during the recovery period," Price told STAR Sports.
Price thanked the Jamaica Olympic Association and Jamaica Football Federation for assisting the player during the surgery at the St Ann's Bay hospital in St Ann.
Jamaica went down 5-6 in the inaugural beach football competition at the CYG. The Jamaicans led Trinidad and Tobago 4-0, before Russell, who scored three-times, was replaced after getting injured.
Russell was the competition's leading goalscorer with 14 goals. Price described her as a good talent.
"She is an excellent player with a lethal left foot. She was our go-to player and the team depended on her to score goals."
Jamaica swamped hosts Bahamas 15-2, beat Trinidad and Tobago 5-2 and hammered Turks and Caicos 11-2 during the group stage, before losing in the final.