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Under-20 midfielder Smith fractures foot

Huge miss: Link Smith was injured in a tackle(Photograph by Crenstant Williams)

Link Smith has been ruled out of the remainder of Bermuda’s Concacaf Under-20 Championship campaign in Bradenton, Florida.

The footballer fractured a bone in his foot in a tackle during Bermuda’s 4-0 defeat against Haiti at the IMG Academy at the weekend.

“Link suffered an injury during the game and was substituted at half-time and sent for investigations for a suspected fifth metatarsal fracture,” Craig Brown, the Bermuda team physiotherapist, said.

Initial scans proved inclusive, however, a further scan yesterday revealed that the player had in fact fractured a bone in his foot.

“Further investigations confirmed a minor stable stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal,” Brown said. “He will be out for approximately four to six weeks.”

The midfielder will miss Bermuda’s remaining group E matches against St Lucia and Barbados.

“Link will be a huge miss but injuries do happen in football and we wish him a speedy recovery,” Ray Jones, the Bermuda coach, said.

“He’s a fighter and we will miss his tenacity but someone else will have to step up and assume his role.”

Smith is the second Bermuda player to be hit by injury on the tour.

Captain Rahzir Smith-Jones missed Bermuda’s tournament opener against top seeds Costa Rica after landing awkwardly in a fall and injuring himself in training in the lead up to the match, which Jones’s side lost 5-0 last Thursday.

Jahkari Furbert, one of two surviving members from the Bermuda’s team which competed at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship in Costa Rica last year, which was the final qualifying stage for the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, wore the captain’s armband in Smith-Jones’s absence.