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Miller happy to be back

Published:Saturday | June 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Miller

ANTOFAGASTA, Chile:

AFTER sitting out a year with injuries, Dwayne Miller is happy to be standing between the sticks again for club and country.

"I keep saying I'm grateful because a lot of people after surgery, knee surgery, their career's actually finished," he told The Gleaner ahead of the Jamaica team's final training session, going into today's Copa America Group B opener against defending champions Uruguay, at the Regional stadium here. Kick-off will be 2 p.m. Jamaica time.

Jamaica's participation is historical, as they were invited along with fellow CONCACAF representatives, Mexico, as guests for this year's South American championship.

"I had two knee injuries that needed surgery - one had a loose bone which the surgeon had to go in and remove and the other one was due to overuse. So, I had some cartilage damage," he explained. "So they had to go in and clean this and smooth it down for me to be comfortable. This is one of the reasons why I was out for so long because cartilage takes time to grow back. But now I've come on and I'm grateful for that."

The 28-year-old former Morant Bay High goalie was out for roughly a year and a couple months.

"I had to do a lot of strengthening for the quad muscles and the hamstring," he said. "It's a process."

He resumed his career with Swedish club Syrianska when the season kicked off in April and exclaimed joy for getting "some real ease and feel back to myself".

"I've been playing full time since," he added, thankful for a chance to display his skills yet again in the national squad.

- A.B.