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November 16, 2012
Star Sport


Nelson crucial to Arnett plans
Robert Bailey, Star Writer

Arnett Gardens young star Lamar Nelson - File

Paul 'Tegat' Davis, coach of Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) hopefuls Arnett Gardens, believes crafty midfielder Lamar Nelson holds the key to the club's chances of winning the competition.

According to Davis, a thigh injury has forced the talented midfielder to miss three matches, which has coincided with the Junglist registering a mere one point from their last three matches.

Arnett, who started the season with a bang, won three of their first four matches in the competition. However, they have failed to spark since the injury to Nelson, who is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the Premier League so far this season.

Arnett are currently fourth in the standings with 17 points. Harbour View leads the point's table with 25 points.

"It is affecting the team because he is one of the players that we are looking to, to carry this team forward," said Davis.

"It throws our game off a bit because he has been the main man in the middle of the field for us this season," Davis said.

Davis added that Nelson, who has netted three goals this season, picked up the injury during their 2-1 victory over Sporting Central.

"He has been doing physiotherapy on the thigh," Davis said.

"I hope that we can get it sorted out as quickly as possible so he can start training the way he wants to train and can get back to where he was at the start of the season," he added.

Arnett's coach Paul 'Tegat' Davis - file

"I think once he gets over the injury, I know we can push him to get back to where he was."

Davis believes Nelson is one of the most gifted footballers in the country, but he also believes that he needs to work a lot harder in training in order to fulfil his potential.

"I think he can be one of the great players in Jamaica, but he just needs to take his game a lot more seriously and work much harder in training," Davis said.

Arnett Gardens will kick off the RSPL second round with a home game against archrivals Tivoli Gardens at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Sunday starting at 6 p.m.

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