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D/Force and T&T U-17 coach, Russell, recovers from suspected mild stroke

Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 and Defence Force coach Ross Russell is believed to have suffered a mild stroke at his Diego Martin home yesterday and is awaiting word from doctors today after spending the night at the West Shore Medical Hospital in Port of Spain.

National youth team manager Christo Gouveia said that he visited Russell today and found him in good spirits and physically uninhibited. However, the national youth team assistant coach and Defence Force Staff Sargeant is still awaiting results from a MRI scan to discover what triggered his health scare yesterday.

Photo: Defence Force head coach and Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 assistant coach Ross Russell. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Defence Force head coach and Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 assistant coach Ross Russell.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

“The doctor said his symptoms were similar to a mild stroke but they are waiting for results from a MRI and so on,” Gouveia told Wired868. “He is in good spirit and laughing and showing full use of his all limbs.”

The national under-17 team is due to leave for St Lucia on Monday for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) qualifying stage of their Chile 2015 Under-17 World Cup campaign. The national team does not have a specialist goalkeeper coach and Russell, a former national goalkeeper, plays a dual role with the team’s technical staff.

Gouveia explained that Russell called to complain about dizziness and blurred vision yesterday.

“When he got up at his home, he was feeling dizzy and experiencing blurred vision,” said Gouveia. “And he was feeling a little bit of numbness on his left side.”

Defence Force assistant coach Marvin Gordon ran yesterday morning’s session in Russell’s absence. He said the entire Pro League squad expects the coach to make a swift and complete recovery.

“He call yesterday morning and said he wasn’t feeling up to it, so I ran the session,” said Gordon. “But the guys can’t wait for him to come back out on the park with us. We understand that everything is alright with him, so we hope to see him soon.”

Photo: Late Defence Force vice-captain Kevon Carter (centre) takes the 2012/13 Pro League trophy from Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: Late Defence Force vice-captain Kevon Carter (centre) takes the 2012/13 Pro League trophy from Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene.
(Courtesy Wired868)

The Defence Force football team had a traumatic 2013/14 season as 30-year-old vice-captain Kevon Carter died of a heart attack on 28 February 2014 while, two months earlier, defender Rawle Fletcher was murdered outside a bar in Couva.

However, the “Teteron Boys” are hoping for a flying start to the 2014/15 Digicel Pro League season, which is expected to kick off on September 20 with the Charity Shield fixture that pits defending champion club DIRECTV W Connection against runner-up and bitter Couva rival Central FC.

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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33 comments

  1. Thanks Lasana. There seems to be an epidemic of strokes in this Town recently. Too much stress you think?

  2. All the best Ross. Truly a great guy

  3. Definitely hope your husband has a full recovery Debbie Espinal. I know a few friends who have dealt with this recently. 🙁

  4. Gets well soon your presence is needed.

  5. Ross , you know what I think about you … I wish you fast recovery and the best in the future… We need you man …

  6. Very sad, I will pray for him, my ole school mate.

  7. Get Well Soon Uncle Ross….God Is Good…

  8. Hope he gets well soon. My Husband is still recovering from one and it’s past 4 months now. Praise God everyday is an improvement and i wish the same for him.

  9. Mild may not be bad but I think the problem is if there is a big one around the corner. Hope they sorted out what caused it and is given the proper treatment so there is a limited chance of him getting a much more serious attack.

  10. Just heard about this today….wishing Ross a complete and speedy recovery!

  11. Prayers are with you Ross. Get well soon.

  12. Sigh … 🙁 hope he recovers

  13. I pray for a full and speedy recovery.

  14. Wishing you a speedy recovery Ross Russell,my prayers are with you

  15. What I’m I hearing!!! Wish you a speedy Recovery Russ!!!

  16. You will be alright god will continue to bless and protect you always

  17. Speedy recovery to u my friend and, Jehovah God is your protector, u will be ok….

  18. Too many people breaking down,healthy or otherwise . The Republic is a pressure cooker. I wish him a speedy recovery.

  19. No weapons form against you shall prosper Ross i plead the blood of jesus over your ur life get to hence satan

  20. Thank you for the heads up Lasana Liburd

  21. Hope he recovers quickly…#TrueChampion!!!

  22. Lasana is way ahead of everybody, source, doctors, even the patient. Did you notice that his headline reporting that the coach had had a stroke tells us that “Russell RECOVERS” from the stroke.
    My guess is that Dr Liburd bought his medical papers so I only going by he fuh sick leave!