Thu, Jun

Trinidad and Tobago national coach Leo Beenhakker might have slept uncomfortably on Saturday night after two of his senior players limped off the playing field in Britain.

Southampton and national forward Kenwyne Jones hobbled out of his outfit's FA Cup clash at Newcastle United on Saturday, while national first choice custodian Kelvin Jack also picked up an injury in a Scottish Division One fixture for Dundee.

Both men told the Trinidad Express that Beenhakker and Trinidad and Tobago have nothing to worry about.

Jones, who is in the T&T squad for their friendly against Iceland on February 28, went down in a heap while trying to keep possession in the 76th minute and was immediately replaced. He clutched the back of his calf and grimaced.

But the six-foot three utility player insisted it was just a dead leg.

"It was just a dead calf," said Jones. "I am fine."

Southampton, who are near the relegation zone in the English League Championship, succumbed 1-0 to expensively-assembled but out-of-form Premiership side, Newcastle.

Jones was upbeat about Southampton's performance and regretted his own missed opportunities in the match. He came close with a first half header that missed the far post while he failed to score from two shooting chances after the interval.

However, the former St Anthony's College student acquitted himself well against the Newcastle defensive pairing of France international Jean-Alain Boumsong and ex-England under-21 international Titus Bramble. Jones was outmuscled on at least one occasion but held his own in aerial combat and matched his opponents for pace.

"I think (Saturday) was the best team performance we have had for a long time," said Jones, "and I should have had at least one goal. But we have to start winning and at least stay in the Championship (division)."

Jones had become an automatic pick for manager Harry Redknapp but has struggled to cement his place under his managerial replacement, George Burley. He has scored three times so far in the 2005/06 campaign.

"The start of this season wasn't very good due to injuries and playing time," he said. "I have been in and out of the team a lot. So I will just be trying to finish as good as possible."

Jack, who started in every national match since Beenhakker's arrival, has already been excused from next Tuesday's friendly in London. However, he was fuming at a challenge that forced him to return home on crutches on Saturday.

Dundee drew the match 3-3 at Clyde. Both teams are at mid-table with no chance of promotion to the Scottish Premier League.

"It was my second game back (from injury) and I was escorting the ball out (of play) and a guy came from behind and gave me a horrific, high tackle on my left knee," said Jack. "There was no chance he could get the ball, none whatsoever. He got a yellow card but, to me, it was a red card offence."

Insult followed injury when, two minutes later, substitute Paul McHale grabbed a third equaliser for Clyde who trailed for much of the match. Jack came off three minutes after McHale's strike, which was the final item of the fixture.

"I thought I could run off the injury at first but I couldn't," he said. "I couldn't move properly and I eventually had to come off I left the ground on crutches."

Jack will sit out next weekend's Scottish Cup quarterfinal against fellow Division One club, Hamilton, as Dundee management is unwilling to risk his knee on Hamilton's artificial surface. But the goalkeeper assured his fans that the injury is not a long-term one.

"I have to rest (my knee)," he said. "There is no doubt about that. To be honest, I can't believe my luck at the moment but, thankfully, it is not as bad as I thought.

"I am walking better now and I should be back playing for Dundee soon and will be ready for the World Cup."