Injured Kemar Lawrence to miss rest of Copa, out 4-6 weeks

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by DAVE MARTINEZ

Kemar Lawrence didn’t just injure himself in Copa America Centenario action. As it turns out, he was already hurting.

According to the Jamaica Observer, Lawrence will be out for the rest of the Copa America tournament with a a hamstring tear. An MRI revealed Lawrence reaggravated the same injury he suffered with Red Bull.

From the Observer report:

The player suffered what is known as Osteitis pubis, which is an inflammation of the insertion of the hamstrings on the pelvis, which weakens the area.

The recovery prognosis is 4-6 weeks, meaning Lawrence will miss as many as seven matches with the New York Red Bulls, with the possibility of returning for the final Hudson River Derby this July.

Hamstring injuries are nothing new to the Red Bulls this season. Everyone from Ronald Zubar to Gideon Baah and Gonzalo Veron have suffered similar injuries this season, thinning out their backline options. Lawrence was left out the Red Bulls starting XI the last two matches. He was replaced by Connor Lade and Sal Zizzo — each of whom have played at the leftback position through their careers.

For Jamaica, the monumental task of advancing from Group C will now be even harder. Along with Lawrence, the Reggae Boyz will be without Rodolph Austin due to red card suspension when they face Mexico in the second round of group play.


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  • slowleftarm

    More chances for Connor Lade. Haven’t been a big fan of his through the years but he’s played well this year.


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