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November 14, 2012
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Better news on Austin

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, remains optimistic, but cautious, in regard to the injury to key Reggae Boy midfielder Rodolph Austin on the weekend.

However, the prognosis seemed a lot better for both the JFF and the player's English Championship division club Leeds United yesterday.

Initially, it was reported that Austin had sustained a double leg break, but a fresh diagnosis has revealed that the player suffered a fractured bone at the front of his ankle.

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"Well, that would be great, but coach (Theodore) Whitmore and I will be going to see him tomorrow (today), so we will get an official update on what his progress is then," Burrell told STAR Sports from Birmingham, England, yesterday.

Austin who has been a key midfielder for Leeds since joining the club in July, sustained the injury after a seemingly innocuous collision with a Watford defender early in the second half of the match between the teams on Saturday.

Leeds' manager Neil Warnock had feared the worst as the player left the field strapped to a stretcher, but yesterday he revised his stance.

"It's better news than we first thought," Warnock told the Leeds United website (http://www.leedsunited.com).

"The swelling made it difficult for us to get a full diagnosis until Monday evening. We wish him well in his recovery."

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