Garcia begins comeback from hamstring injury lay-off

It was Garcia’s first appearance in competition after a two-month lay off with a hamstring injury that forced him to miss Trinidad and Tobago’s two previous World Cup qualifiers against the United States and Costa Rica.

But the 19-year-old winger is now aiming to force his way back into coach Dennis Lawrence’s plans for the forthcoming back to back World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama on September 1 and 5 respectively.

“It felt great to be back on Saturday. I got in for the last 15 minutes against PSV on the weekend. It was my first game after a two-month injury setback.

I am thankful to God that I am fit and able to play the game again,” Garcia noted.

“It was devastating to be out for so long with the injury especially having to miss the qualifying games. But I am getting back to 100 percent again. My main focus for the preseason was to get fit and playing again,” he added.

Looking ahead to the forthcoming qualifiers, Garcia believes he can earn the call from Lawrence.

“This is a really important period for us and I hope I can be part of it. It has been a while since I really did well for the team in terms of scoring and having an impact on the game which was the win over St Vincent last year. Hopefully I can get back to that kind of form and I think there will be no better time than the game against Honduras to make this happen.

“I have been watching on the recent games and I think we were unfortunate not to get some points but things have been looking good.

The boys have been putting in good performances and now it’s just down to us to raise the level a bit and finishing off the job in these next two games which will put us a in a much better position for the last two games in October. But firstly, we need to take care of Honduras,” Garcia added.


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