Carter needs playing time, says Menzies

Observer writer

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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Jamaican forward Trudi Carter made a long-awaited return to active competition after an injury lay-off that included major surgery, when she played in the Reggae Girlz 3-1 win over Panama inside National Stadium on Sunday night.

The very skilful player looked a shadow of herself but has been hailed as a very important member of the team by head coach Hue Menzies.

Carter, who played her club football in Jamaica for Harbour View FC, signed for AS Roma at the beginning of last season, but was unable to have the kind of debut season she would have envisioned due to her injury.

With a few of the regular starters missing, Carter was given a more central role by Menzies, teaming up with the lethal Khadija Shaw, who bagged a brace and provided an assist in front of the largest crowd to watch a women's game inside National Stadium.

Clearly not wanting to push the player too much too early, Carter was substituted early in the second half as she worked her way back to full fitness ahead of Jamaica's maiden appearance at the Fifa Women's World Cup in France next month.

The Reggae Girlz left the island yesterday for Florida, where they will play one more friendly before heading to Scotland for another game against that nation, also a Fifa Women's World Cup first-timer, on their way to the finals in France.

Menzies is happy for the final few warm-up games ahead of Jamaica's first game against Brazil on Sunday, June 9.

“We have a game against an okay team so we will get players like Trudi Carter more time to play because tonight she was pretty rusty as you can tell.

“It was her first game since October and she was real, real stiff and we think she needs to get more time because Trudi is a very good player. We need Trudi to be at the top of her game for us,” he explained.

The highly anticipated final 23 players to represent Jamaica at the World Cup is expected to be named very shortly.

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