Injured Reggae Boyz keeper Andre Blake expected to be fit for Gold Cup

By April 22, 2019

Jamaica’s football bosses are breathing a collective sigh of relief following news that their first choice goalkeeper Andre Blake is expected to recover from injury in time to start in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June.

Andre Blake suffered a groin injury while attempting a goal kick during the Philadelphia Union’s MLS match against the Montreal Impact Saturday afternoon at the Talen Energy Stadium.

But with Blake expected to start when the Gold Cup begins in June, Jamaica were at risk of bowing into their campaign without their starting custodian. However, Sportsmax.TV was told on Monday that after undergoing scans, Blake is expected to be back in action in time for the start of the competition.

According to Reggae Boyz team manager Roy Simpson, Blake suffered a grade-two abductor tear they expect him to be out of action for about three to four weeks. The timeline, however, sees Blake returning before the end of May.

“Three to four weeks takes him to mid-May. We play the US on June 5, the first Gold Cup Game on June 17 so I think he has enough time to recover and get on back with the business.,” Simpson said.
“The only effect it has on us is that we don’t want any of our players to be injured but it’s part of the business. We are glad in a sense that it is not closer to our plans for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.”

Blake, 28, won the Golden Glove Award at the 2017 Gold Cup even though he was substituted in the final against the USA after suffering a hand injury. Jamaica would lose the final 2-1 to the hosts.

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