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Bailey fit for Panama clash

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:30 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Craig Butler, the agent of Jamaican winger Leon Bailey, said that the player will be fit and ready for the Reggae Boyz’s quarter-final match against Panama in the Concacaf Gold Cup on Sunday.

Butler told The Gleaner that Bailey has been suffering from an ankle injury, which he picked up against El Salvador in the second match of the tournament.

However, he said that after a few days of rest and treatment on the ankle, Bailey is now ready and raring to go ahead of Sunday.

“Leon had got a knock on the ankle and it was ready by match time, but it was swollen for two days before, and he didn’t train for the two days and we wanted to ensure the he healed up properly,” Butler said.

“We rested him for this game (Curacao), so that he would be 100 per cent ready for the quarter-final.

“He is much better now because the ankle is better and he is fine now and ready to go. When you have a player of the quality of Leon, you cannot afford to run risk with injuries.”

He said the 21-year-old, who plays his club football at Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga, was in a lot of discomfort after picking up the knock, but he soldiered on to ensure that he finished the match.

“A player jumped on his ankle during the El Salvador game and he continued to play because he is a lion-hearted youngster and he loves his country,” Butler said. “But he really felt some pain after, so they made sure that he is fine.

“They have checked on him and he is now okay and he is hundred per cent better, so he is now ready to play.”