Russell Teibert: “Fever and the shakes”
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Striker Simeon Jackson has left camp to pursue a club opportunity with Germany’s Eintracht Braunschweig. Speedster Randy Edwini-Bonsu is out with a knee injury. Defender Nana Attakora was never able to get past his post-concussion symptoms. And, two more key Canadian players are question marks for Thursday’s Gold Cup match against Mexico.
Coach Colin Miller said that captain Will Johnson, who had to leave after playing just a half in the 1-0 Gold Cup opening loss to Martinique, is being evaluated Wednesday. He is still battling the illness that took him out of that game. And Miller said Wednesday that Russell Teibert was with the doctor, as the Whitecaps’ winger had “fever and the shakes.”
There’s a possibility that up to five members of the 23-man roster would be out for the Mexico game — and Canada has only called up one replacement, D.C. United forward Kyle Porter. (UPDATE: The Canadian Soccer Association has confirmed that Johnson’s illness will keep him out of the Mexico game; he’s been allowed to go home to Portland to recover, but hasn’t been dropped from the squad)
“(Goalkeeping coach) Paul Dolan and I are getting warmed up and getting ready to go,” Miller joked Wednesday. You can’t blame Miller for the crack — after all, it’s got to the point where you’ve got to laugh, right?
But, despite the departures, illness and swarm of locusts that must surely be ready to engulf the Canadian camp in Seattle, Miller said his players are still in good spirits — even though they are coming off the loss to Martinique.
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