Injured duo are well on the mend

Cayman international footballers Thomas Elliot and Jedd Ebanks have both reported steady recovery from their recent injuries.


Elliots recovering quickly. Photo: Ron Shillingford

Elliot, national defender and captain said that he was getting better from a broken ankle and anticipated getting back completely on his feet to lace up for the national team in the Digicel Caribbean Cup competition due in August of this year.

‘I discussed the situation with my doctors; they told me that the injury is getting better,’ Elliot said. ‘However, while the fracture in my fibula has healed the pin is still in my ankle and that is where the problem really lies as that will take a longer time with therapy to heal.’

‘I am positive that I will be ready for some action soon as I will be doing my best to get back on my feet as quickly as possible.’

Elliot, 28, was playing for Sunset against Roma in April when the injury occurred. He was taken by ambulance to the George Town Hospital.

Ebanks was severely concussed playing for Elite, again against Roma, in May.

He said that he was anxious to get the green light from his doctors so that he can continue to do what he loves best playing football for his team and country.

‘I feel quite fine now I have no dizziness or any other symptoms associated to the injury I received in my head.

‘I am due to return to Miami in three weeks time after which I will know my fate as it relates to returning to regular training and active participation in football games.

‘I will be more cautious during my tackles on the field in the future but I am sure my ability to perform well in my games is still intact.’

Ebanks clashed with Omar Stewart in the incident. Both were rushed by ambulance to the George Town Hospital where it was reported that Ebanks had a blood clot on his brain.

He was placed in the critical ward at the George Town hospital and subsequently flown to the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and admitted for several days undergoing tests and treatment for his injury.

Ebanks, 20, had this mishap the very same day he returned from Ireland where he had gone to train with Irish Premier League club Glenavon FC. He now watches his team from the sidelines.

Carl Brown, Technical Director, said: ‘I am happy to hear that they are recovering steadily from their injuries.

‘I am glad that the severity of these injuries was not as serious as was previously announced. These two players are strong and very courageous and that has helped them in the healing process.

‘I’m looking forward to see them back in the national program as soon as they are physically and mentally ready.’

Elliot is presently one of the Cayman Islands National team top defenders. He captained the national team against Bermuda recently in the road to South Africa World Cup 2010 qualifiers when the Cayman Islands lost 4-2 on aggregate in one of the best ever performances put on by the island.

This superb performance helped the Cayman Islands jump eight places up on the FIFA ranking after the first leg ended 1-1, the team lost 3-1 in the return leg played here at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex last March.

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