REGGAE BOY midfielder, Romario 'Rum Rum' Campbell, has been hospitalised as he receives treatment for a blood clot close to his lungs.
The 23-year-old sustained a knock during the October 6 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) encounter between his club, Waterhouse FC, and August Town. He subsequently trained and travelled with Jamaica's senior men's national team for the October 11 World Cup Qualifier against USA and was again on the bench for the final match of the campaign at the National Stadium on Tuesday, when the team tackled Honduras.
In-between, Campbell also featured for Water-house against his former club, Harbour View, in the Flow Champions Cup semi-final match on Sunday and scored a beauty, which was the game's lone goal.
Ahead of his team's training yesterday, however, he started complaining of again feeling pain and was taken to Andrews Memorial Hospital, before being transferred to the University Hospital of the West Indies. There, an X-ray and a computed tomography (CT scan) were done, which revealed that he had sustained a bruise close to his lungs.
"He got a bounce in the August game and he felt a pain afterwards, but yesterday (Thursday) while he was training, he complained of feeling pain again, so we took him to the doctor," Waterhouse's coach, Junior Francis, revealed. "What the doctor is saying is there was a little bruise there from that time (August Town game), but because it is his lungs, they are treating it with care."
The injury means Campbell will miss his team's fifth round RSPL meeting with Tivoli Gardens tomorrow, the same team they will contest the Flow Cup final against on the 28th.
"We will play without him, and whatever the consequence we will live with it," Francis said.
The injury could not have come at a worse time for the former Norman Manley High school student, as he was enjoying a purple patch with his recall to the national set-up after being put on a special training programme by national head coach Winfried Schäfer and is one of the key players for his club, being the leading scorer this season.
"Getting a call-up has been great for me, and I just have to continue pushing myself and continue working hard in training and continue to score goals for my club," Campbell had told The Gleaner following Sunday's game-winning performance against Harbour View. "This is the most fruitful time in my career,. I just have to do some extra work by myself and hopefully one day I will reach the top."
Campbell, who got started in football at age six with Rousseau Primary, made his international debut on April 28, 2010 against South Africa in Frankfurt, Germany.