Injury Scare: Kemar Lawrence leaves Jamaica, Venezuela match

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

The New York Red Bulls have been battling injuries all year long — even when they aren’t playing.

The latest casualty may be Kemar Lawrence.

Lawrence played a physical and influential match for Jamaica in his 40 minute shift against Venezuela on Sunday afternoon. Then injury struck. Favoring his right leg, team doctors treated Lawrence on the field before continuing attention on the sideline. Unable to go on, coach Winfried Schafer was forced to make a change, bringing in the tired legs of Leicester City captain, Wes Morgan.

While the extent of Lawrence’s injury is not known, he was clutching and stretching his right leg, indicating a possible hamstring issue. Then again, the heat in Chicago could very well have caused a severe cramp. Whatever the case may be, Lawrence’s Copa Centenario debut was cut short.

Lawrence has had a difficult season with the Red Bulls. Despite earning 11 starts on the season, Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsch benched Lawrence in the final two matches before the break. The 23-year-old Kingston native did manage a brilliant Copa America performance in 2015, making him a vital cog to the team this cycle.

Jamaica went on to lose against Venezuela 1-0, down a man from the 24th minute onward.


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