Jamaica defender Demar Phillips was forced to withdraw from Jamaica’s Gold Cup squad after suffering a leg injury.
The Reggae Boyz secured their progress into the semi-finals with a narrow win over Haiti and can now be backed at 8.08 (177/25) to see off hosts USA as well.
However, there have been some bad news for coach Winfried Schafer seeing as left-sided defender Demar Phillips has left the national team and rejoined his club Real Salt Lake due to a hamstring injury.
“It’s a hamstring injury and it’s serious,” said Phillips. “It needs more time to heal and even if we go through to the final I can’t play, so my club requested for me to come back and get further treatment, which I think is the best thing; and it’s the best decision for me because I don’t want to push it and try to play and it gets worse.”
“That’s one of the reasons I’m not playing, and the club and the coach and the management staff came to an agreement for me to go back to my club at Salt Lake to get further treatment.”
Demar Phillips, 31, missed all four matches at the tournament due to said injury and he is the third player to quit the national team after defender Jermaine Taylor suffered a quadriceps strain and Alvas Powell abandoned the squad.
The Reggae Boyz have been quite impressive at the 2015 Gold Cup and with several key players back to the United States game, they have plenty of reason for optimism.