Tue, Jan

Marvin PhillipSoca Warriors goalkeeper, Marvin Phillip is in a race against time to be fit for tomorrow’s 2010 South Africa Concacaf World Cup qualifier against Honduras, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
Phillip suffered a leg muscle injury in T&T’s 1-0 friendly international win over Panama at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella last week Wednesday and T&T Under-20 goalkeeper Glenroy Samuel was drafted into the squad by coach Francisco Maturana as cover.

For the match against, Honduras, T&T first choice goalkeeper Clayton Ince of English League club Walsall will be absent because of suspension after yellow cards accumulation. Also out of tomorrow’s match are midfielders, Christopher Birchall and captain Dwight Yorke, who had his four-match ban imposed by Fifa reduced to two matches after it was successfully appealed by the T&T Football Federation yesterday at a Disciplinary Committee meeting in Switzerland. Asked to comment on the injury status of Phillip, Clyde Leon and Keon Daniel who all trained Tuesday and Wednesday separately from the rest of the team, team manager David Mohammed said, “Leon and Daniel have recovered fully and are back in full training.

“However, Phillip is still recovering and we are very hopeful that he will train with the rest of team later today (yesterday) and tomorrow (today).”

The Soca Warriors trained from 6.30 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium following Wednesday’s closed door session at the same venue. Should Phillip failed to recover in time, then Jan-Michael Williams who plies his trade with Hungarian Second Division club, Ferencvarosi is expected to stand in goal versus the Hondurans. Today, T&T will have another closed door session ahead of tomorrow’s match.