Touch and go with Simpson fitness – Speid

April 12, 2019
Kamoy Simpson (left) of Cavalier being tracked by Anthony Marks of Montego Bay United during their Red Stripe Premier League encounter at WesPow Park in Tucker, Montego Bay, on Thursday, December 28, 2017.
Kamoy Simpson (left) of Cavalier being tracked by Anthony Marks of Montego Bay United during their Red Stripe Premier League encounter at WesPow Park in Tucker, Montego Bay, on Thursday, December 28, 2017.
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Cavalier FC technical director Rudolph Speid has sought to allay concerns regarding the fitness of ace defender Kamoy Simpson for their return match against Waterhouse FC in the semi-final of the Red Stripe Premier League.

The defender had to be substituted in Monday's 2-0 loss, as he went off with what appeared to be an injury to his thigh.

Waterhouse took the lead in the 34th minute, converting an opportunity from a corner kick taken while Simpson received treatment on the sidelines. He was replaced by Kyle Ming in the 37th minute.

"The corner was conceded as a result of Simpson being off balance, and the goal was scored while we were down to 10 men," Speid told Star Sports. "His absence was definitely felt then. After the substitution, the defence played well, so I wouldn't say his absence was a major blow for that game."

Speid said that his fitness staff were still in the process of assessing Simpson's condition, noting that while he has shown improvement, it could not be said definitively if he would be playing in the return match.

"It is very touch and go at this point," he said. "He is able to walk on the leg, but I cannot say whether or not he will be able to play before Friday," he said. "We are still evaluating his fitness and it is left to be seen if he will improve sufficiently to be available for the return leg."

The teams will face off at the National Stadium on Monday at 5 p.m.

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