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Tre Ming motivated to get back in national reckoning

Tre Ming is recovering from knee surgery and aims to be fit in time to earn a recall for the World Cup qualifiers in June

Tre Ming is on the road to recovery from serious injury and if all goes according to plan hopes to be involved in Bermuda’s remaining 2022 World Cup qualifying group B matches against Suriname and the Cayman Islands.

The Southampton Rangers midfielder has made steady strides in his fitness battle since having surgery on a torn meniscus, which he suffered during the season-opening 4-0 Charity Cup win over North Village last September.

“I received surgery for a torn meniscus in January and recovery is coming along great,” Ming, 26, told The Royal Gazette. “I have been applying myself to my stretches and workout plan.”

The Sandys Secondary Middle School teacher had initially ruled out taking any part in this World Cup qualifying cycle before having a change of heart.

“I honestly didn’t have plans on being eligible,” he said. “But my love for the game and especially the camaraderie among the squad has made me want to go even harder to be eligible for June’s games. If they will have me, I’ll be more than ready.”

The injury ruled Ming out of the island’s opening qualifying matches against Canada and Aruba in Florida last month.

“I was having a hard time watching because those that know me know I live for that battle with my guys for our country,” he said. “That’s what made me want to become stronger and better.”

Bermuda return to group B qualifying action on June 4 with a trip to Suriname, before hosting Cayman Islands four days later.

Kyle Lightbourne’s team are third in group B behind Canada and Suriname.

Bermuda endured mixed fortunes in their opening qualifying matches having suffered a 5-1 defeat by Canada before bouncing back with a 5-0 win over Aruba.

“My thoughts on the Bermuda games is that in the opening match, once Canada scored the first goal our heads dropped and so did our confidence,” Ming said. “I truly feel we could’ve salvaged a point from that game and I’ll stand on that.

“I spoke to the team on the side and just reiterated that this is when leaders are vital and it showed in the Aruba match. We oozed confidence and played with the usual chip that we often play with.

“I was more than happy for my guys to earn that victory.”

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Published April 07, 2021 at 7:59 am (Updated April 07, 2021 at 7:59 am)

Tre Ming motivated to get back in national reckoning

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