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Injury puts out Jamaica’s Seaton

Published:Tuesday | January 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey

Jamaica's young Reggae Boyz have suffered a major setback for the remainder of CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship, as striker Michael Seaton has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.

The team's senior medical doctor, Guyan Arscott, told The Gleaner in an interview that Seaton has re-aggravated a knee injury. Arscott said the injury requires minor surgery, which is expected to keep the DC United striker out of action for up to eight weeks.

"Seaton's injury involves his medial collateral ligament," said Arscott. "It appears to be not a new injury, and this was confirmed with the MRI studies.

"We feel that the prudent thing to do is to sit him out and recommend surgical repair, which will probably have him out for about six to eight weeks, and that will give him the best chance of full recovery," Arscott said.

"Other than that, he might put further stress on ligaments in the knee, and so this is the decision that we have taken."

major blow

Losing Seaton, who also plays in the senior men's national team, is seen as a major blow for the Jamaicans, who have one point from two matches.

Lenworth 'Teacher' Hyde, the team's assistant coach, said: "He is out, and so we just have to move on. He was certainly our most experienced player, and this is tough for us, but I expect the other players in the team to rise to the occasions for us."