Injured Reggae Girl McCoy ruled out of World Cup

By Sports Desk June 04, 2019
Jamaica Reggae Girlz forward Kayla McCoy is taken from the field after sustaining an injury. Jamaica Reggae Girlz forward Kayla McCoy is taken from the field after sustaining an injury.

Jamaica Reggae Girlz striker Kayla McCoy has been ruled out of taking part in the FIFA Women’s World Cup after sustaining an injury in a practice match against Scotland last week.

The 22-year-old McCoy, who is based in the United States where she represents the Houston Dash, joined the squad in September before being selected to the final 23-man squad last month.

The player, however, sustained an injury after replacing follow forward Khadijah Shaw as a late substitute in Jamaica’s 3-2 loss against Scotland.  Shaw also sustained an injury during the match. 

The duo was initially listed as day-to-day, but it appears the injury for McCoy is worse than initially believed.  An MRI scan taken on Monday showed the player had sustained damage to her ACL. 

The injury has been reported to be a partial tear of the ligament, recuperation from which can take anywhere between 3 and 6 months.  A replacement for the player is expected to be named shortly.  The Reggae Girlz have been drawn in a Group C alongside Brazil, Italy and Australia. 

The national team will make its World Cup debut against Brazil on Sunday at the Stade des Alpes, Grenoble.  The prognosis for Shaw is better as the player is expected to make a full recovery in time for the tournament.

 

 

 

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