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Benjamin faces long lay-off

Published:Wednesday | February 25, 2015 | 2:00 AMMarc Stamp

Waterhouse FC striker Juvaune Benjamin could be out of action for about six to eight months after fracturing his right leg in Monday night's Red Stripe Premier League football game against Harbour View at Waterhouse Stadium.

Benjamin was hurt during a collision with Harbour View goalkeeper Levor Williams in the second half of the third-round game.

Waterhouse's team doctor, Romayne Edwards, says Benjamin may need surgery.

"He may need to do surgery on the knee. We are working towards that as it takes money to care," Edwards told The Gleaner yesterday.

"We are awaiting the consultant's recommendation. The player could be out of football for about six to eight months," she said.

Edwards said she did not witness the accident, but heard the reaction of Benjamin's teammates.

"It was quite distressing when I heard the players say his foot was broken. When I went on the field, I saw him holding it, so I took the knee and aligned it," the doctor added.

great support

After putting on a splinter, the ambulance team rushed Benjamin to the University Hospital of the West Indies in Mona.

Meanwhile, Waterhouse FC President Ricardo 'Ricky' Chin said Benjamin received great support at the hospital on Monday night.

"It was good to see the Waterhouse players and supporters at the hospital. They offered great support. The chairman (Bruce Bicknell) and I were also there until two o'clock the next morning," Chin told The Gleaner.

Benjamin opened the scoresheet when he netted in the seventh minute during his team's big 7-2 victory over Harbour View. That was Benjamin's fifth goal of the season.