The Soca Warriors will be without Joevin Jones for the 2021 Gold Cup tournament after he suffered a season-ending injury on Friday in a MLS match for his club Inter Miami FC against Orlando City at the DRV PNK Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Jones who was subbed on in the 74th minute attempted a sliding tackle in the 91st minute which resulted in the unfortunate injury. It was mentioned that Jones ruptured his Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) as well as a Grade Two of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. The game was eventually won by the opposing team, Orlando City FC 2-1 with former Manchester United player, Nani scoring a fabulous winner.
The game was witnessed by T&T players as well as interim head coach Angus Eve and his assistant coaches. Jones visited his T&T teammate on Sunday in crutches.
Interim T&T head coach, Angus Eve commented on the injury of one of his star-players. “We have selected two or three players in certain positions in the final pool and that is because of these types of eventualities. I thought it best we bring three extra players in the environment so they would be in the training so if these types of things happen; there will an able replacement.”
The overseas players Khaleem Hyland, Kevin Molino, Andre Fortune, Ryan Telfer Neveal Hackshaw, Triston Hodge, Jelani Peters and Nicklas Frenderup joined the contingent.
The Soca warriors will come up against Montserrat in the preliminary round at the DRV PNK Stadium in Ft Lauderdale, Florida on July 2 from 9:30pm. Once victorious, they will play the second round qualifier against either Cuba or French Guyana at the same venue on July 6 for a chance to play in the Group A alongside Mexico, El Salvador and Curaçao.