Leverock: I’ll be ready for Gold Cup
Danté Leverock, the Bermuda captain, is confident of making a full recovery from a concussion in time for the island's opening Concacaf Gold Cup game against Haiti next month.
The Sligo Rovers defender suffered the injury in a collision with his goalkeeper Ed McGinty during his team's 2-1 win away to Irish top-flight rivals Bohemians last Friday.
Bermuda will face Haiti at the Estadio Nacional in San José, Costa Rica, on June 16, with Leverock looking forward to being part of Bermuda's historical first Gold Cup match.
“I'll be ready for the Gold Cup and I'm linking up with the squad in next few weeks,” he said.
“It's a concussion, but I'm hoping to be cleared to play again in next seven to ten days.”
Kyle Lightbourne, the Bermuda coach, is also optimistic his captain will be available for Haiti.
“We got the news from Craig Brown [Bermuda's physio] and the first thing he said was he spoke to Danté and everything was all fine, so there was never any worry from me,” he said.
“Our medical team has advised him of different things to do for a concussion and we are looking that he will make a full recovery and be ready and prepared to start training.”
The collision occurred in the fourteenth minute of the match, with the former Dandy Town player receiving treatment on the pitch before being taken off on a stretcher.
“I don't remember much from incident, but it was a collision with goalie,” he added.
Sligo went on to win the match and stretch their unbeaten run to seven games thanks to Romeo Parkes's brace.
The forward opened the scoring at Dalymount Park three minutes into the second half before Conor Levingston equalised for the home side five minutes later.
However, Parkes notched a dramatic 89th-minute winner to earn the visiting side the victory.
Bermuda qualified for the Gold Cup for the first time after finishing fifth in the Nations League qualifiers with three wins and one loss from their four matches.
After facing Haiti in their opener, Bermuda will play Costa Rica, who competed at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on June 20 before facing Nicaragua at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, on June 24.