Andy Williams - file
SALT LAKE, UTAH, CMC
MIDFIELD STAR ANDY Williams, who led Jamaica to the Digicel Caribbean Cup title in February, will miss the friendly international between the Reggae Boyz and Guatemala later this month because of injury.
Playing for his new club Real Salt Lake in US Major League Soccer (MLS) last weekend, Williams suffered a groin injury that will sideline him for up to a month.
Jamaica will need to appoint a new captain for the Guatemala game in Atlanta, Georgia on April 20, which is a warm-up for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the USA in July.
Less than 10 minutes into Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy, Williams went down when he felt a pop in his groin.
And team doctors announced Tuesday that Williams, who won the Caribbean Cup Finals MVP award, will be out for at least four weeks while rehabilitating the injury.
Real head coach John Ellinger said the stocky playmaker's absence for most of Saturday's game, hurt the team's chances badly.
"We didn't have the rhythm we have when Andy is in. Losing him is huge for us," he said.
Ellinger has already started to weigh his options as Real looks to find a new rhythm when they try to claim the club's first win this weekend at Rice-Eccles Stadium against the Colorado Rapids.
Ellinger will likely drop Clint Mathis back to the attacking midfield position he played several times in the pre-season.
Moving into the starting line-up will be Chris Brown on the right side of midfield, which will free up Dipsy Selolwane to move up to the forward position vacated by Mathis.