Knee injury ends Lewis' season
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
Reggae Boy hopeful and national youth standout, André Lewis, could be out of action for nine months.
Nineteen-year-old Lewis, a key member of Jamaica's Under-17 team which qualified for the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee during an exhibition game for Charleston Battery two weeks ago. He is scheduled for surgery in another two weeks.
Reports of Lewis' injury were confirmed by his agent, Damani Ralph, vice-president of Global Premier Management.
"André suffered a torn ACL to his right knee while playing in an exhibition game for his loaned club Charleston Battery.
"At this moment, we don't know how long Lewis will be sidelined. If I had to guess, it would be between six to nine months," informed Ralph, who, like Lewis, played for St George's College before going on to represent the country.
Lewis, drafted seventh overall by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS SuperDraft in January of this year, was loaned out to United Soccer League (USL) team Charleston Battery to get playing time and to get accustomed to playing in North America, having not had the benefit of a US college career.
"He was actually doing very well at Charleston and all the reports from his coaching staff were positive. He clearly was the team's creative player going forward," Ralph said.
The Portmore, St Catherine native is back with his parent club as he awaits surgery and, according to Ralph, is in good spirits.
"He's taking the injury in stride. He has been positive and upbeat so far," said Ralph of the player's response to his situation.
Lewis, was a frequent part of Jamaica's World Cup squad under then coach Theodore Whitmore as the Reggae Boyz vied for a place in the recently held Brazil tournament and was looking to impress current coach Winfried Schäfer. This injury will rule him out of contention for a place in the Caribbean Cup, which takes place later this year; and possibly Olympic qualifiers, which begin next year.