Injury knocks Lawrence out of Copa America Centenario
Reggae Boyz left back, Kemar Lawrence, will miss the rest of the Copa America Centenario football tournament after picking up a groin injury in Jamaica's opening Group C fixture against Venezuela at Soldier Field, Chicago on Sunday.
Lawrence went down five minutes before the break and according to team doctor, Derrick McDowell, the New York Red Bulls defender will take no further part in the competition.
"He is out, he has a groin injury," McDowell told The Gleaner.
"It is something he has been carrying for a while. He aggravated the problem in training a little, but it got worse in the match," he explained.
Lawrence was outstanding for the 40 minutes he was on the field on Sunday. Last year, he was the only Jamaican named in the Copa America’s Best 11 for the group stages. He was also one of three Reggae Boyz named in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Team of the Tournament. Meanwhile, several other players picked up knocks in the game and are on the treatment table, but McDowell stated that they will all be fit to face Mexico tomorrow.
"There are a few knocks, but nothing serious. (Garath) McCleary has a cut above the eye, but that was stitched up; Wes (Morgan) got a bruise and he is okay; and Giles Barnes got a little bruise, but they'll be okay. The cut over Garath's left eye was enough for him to get stitches at half-time, but he's fine, he is doing well," he insisted.
The Jamaicans will also be without midfielder Rodolph Austin, who was issued a red card in the first-half of Sunday’s opener, which they lost 1-0.