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Kenwyne suffers soft tissue injury; denies two week timeline

Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team captain and Cardiff City forward Kenwyne Jones must wait another five days for a diagnosis on his injury, after suffering soft tissue injury to his left lower leg in Thursday night’s friendly international against Nicaragua at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (centre) holds off Nicaragua midfielder Elvis Figueroa during international friendly action yesterday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (centre) holds off Nicaragua midfielder Elvis Figueroa during international friendly action yesterday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Jones was stretchered off the field in the 73rd minute after coming into contact with Nicaragua goalkeeper Justo Lorente and later taken for X-rays at the St Clair Medical Hospital.

The initial report from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) was that Jones would be out for at least two weeks.

However, Jones’ publicist, Tenille Clarke, denied that any medical timeline had been set for his lay-off and suggested the “Soca Warrior” is likely to remain in the dark for another five days or so.

“Right now, the prognosis is touch and go and depends on how the injury settles over the next 5 days or so—both with the rest and medication being administered,” Clarke told Wired868, via email. “It’s still very early to make a finite call on the lay-off period needed for his full recovery.

“Of course, this position is tentative and we’ll be sure to have a development once some time passes, and all requisite checks are made upon Kenwyne’s return to (his) home base in Wales.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones celebrates his goal against Mexico in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones celebrates his goal against Mexico in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

Clarke said Jones wished to: “sincerely thank the general public for their outpouring of well-wishes.” At present, the giant striker is on crutches and taking medication.

Jones, a former 2006 World Cup player, is in the form of his life on the international circuit and has scored just over 32 percent of the team’s 44 goals under current coach Stephen Hart.

In Jones’ first 52 games for the Warriors, he scored just 11 times—although 15 of those appearances were made in midfield or defence. While, under Hart, the giant forward has bagged a remarkable 14 goals from 25 appearances.

Trinidad and Tobago’s next international outing is on November 13 when they travel to Guatemala City for the opening game of their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

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13 comments

  1. Although I do get that players might be antsy about their health matters being in the public. It is part of the business though.

  2. It was a bit confusing to me to be honest. It seems to say that the medical staff reacted too quickly when it spoke about the two week lay off. But I always thought that it was normal you would give an estimate, even as you continued to assess and work on situation.
    But I’m sure publicist worked in tandem with Kenwyne. So what can I say yes.

  3. Lasana – I fail to see how this is relevant news. Jones publicist, Tenille Clarke, obviously doesn’t have anything to do and seems to want to stir up controversy between our captain and the TTFA. I don’t understand why he /she needs to go out of the way to contradict the TTFA’s statement about Jones’ estimated recovery time, which I’m sure was based on feedback from the doctors who treated him. Tenille Clarke is saying they need another week to better understand how Jones is recovering. At which time they will be able to better determine how long he’ll be out for. Well duh. I mean isn’t that normal? It’s call a reassessment. After a week we should be able to better understand how fast Jones is recovering. But it doesn’t mean the TTFA’s projected recovery time is inaccurate. Every injury has an associated estimated recovery time. It’s based on historical data. It’s the average recovery time for persons having a similar injury. Geez!

  4. You realize that’s a BS diagnosis. They probably mean that he has a contusion that with modern therapeutic techniques means that he should be ready by next week.

  5. There will always b critics an 1/2 of d time dey can’t do better hence d reason dey not on d squad. I applaud every player for trying their best for our small nation.I HV to admit this time will get my full support win lose or draw cause of d effort an pride I c they take.kenwin will take us to 2018 world cup together with d team an hart. So far d team HV defiy d odds an achieve wen others taught dey wudnt.

  6. And with him we are getting results. He has improved his play under hart.

  7. Thank god. Just his presence alone intimidates defenders. Can’t be without someone like him with his experience. Big boost there, thanks lasana

  8. I remember hearing a football fan at the 2006 World Cup say that he wished Stern got injured or something so he didn’t play. This was after the Sweden match.
    Stern took a battering playing alone between two massive Sweden central defenders and gave a lesson in hold up play. Not to mention the fact that his game winner against Panama and double against Mexico helped take us to Germany in the first place.
    I was just speechless.
    Not everyone can be a Latapy–Dwight Yorke got a lot of criticism too!–so sometimes we just have to appreciate what another guy trying to do with what he has.

  9. Great news! And with stats like that people does still be bawling for de coach tuh bench him. Reminds me of Stern John, whether he score or not, people saying he’s a waste of time. We know Kenwyne’s strengths and weaknesses. I understand he’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but let de man do he ting.

  10. Well, we’re thankful for small mercies. I expected something a lot worse when I read the match report and I was wondering if we were about to find out whether or not we do in fact play better when KJ is not in the line-up.
    I’m okay with not finding out for sure.