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Report: Jamaica's Kemar Lawrence out of Copa America Centenario, needs to be "more professional" says Coach Schaefer

It is confirmed that the RBNY left back will not play for Jamaica again in Copa America Centenario

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Confirmation of an earlier report from Jamaica's Copa America camp: Kemar Lawrence will not take any further part in the tournament.

The Jamaica Observer's Ian Burnett provides a detailed account of the player's groin injury, and the news that injuries of the type Lawrence has sustained are estimated to take four to six weeks to heal.

In a separate piece, Burnett - who is with the Reggae Boyz for the duration of their tournament - notes head coach Winfried Schaefer's irritation with Lawrence's management of the injury:

I don’t want to knock my players, but Kemar has to be a little more professional. When he is injured then he’s injured and he cannot go to the training; and now he’s out as the MRI result is not good for his groin.

It is reported Lawrence arrived for national team duty with the injury, which has since been aggravated and has now curtailed his Copa America.

The New York Red Bulls will doubtless make their own assessment of the injury when Lawrence returns to his club. RBNY faces a crowded summer schedule, but may have to accept it is better for the long term interests of the player and his team if the first-choice left back is allowed to heal fully and get free of the influence of an injury that has surely played some part in what has been observed as a drop in his level of play this season.