Jamaica Men's National Team head coach Theodore "Tappa" Whitmore has confirmed he will be without the services of his squad captain, New England Revolution's Je-Vaughn Watson, and New York Red Bulls' left back Kemar Lawrence for the upcoming Caribbean Cup qualifier against Suriname on November 13. Lawrence missed RBNY's last game of the season - the home playoff loss to Montreal Impact - with injury.
It is a must-win game for Jamaica's ambition of qualifying for next year's Gold Cup, as well as defending the Caribbean Cup it won in 2014. Though Lawrence will play no part in the match, Jamaica's home game against Suriname will go a long way to determining how busy he will be next year: a win commits the Reggae Boyz to two tournaments next summer.
These Caribbean Cup matches do not permit draws, so there must be a winner between Jamaica and Suriname, and that winner will advance to the 2017CFU Championship finals and the 2017 Gold Cup.
In Watson's absence, Philadelphia Union's Andre Blake has been named captain of the Reggae Boyz. Whitmore told the Jamaica Gleaner that the absentees had left his squad "a bit unbalanced, but it's workable and we are looking for a positive result".