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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Smith Injury Likely Keep Him Out of Bermuda Team

www.islandstats.com can report that Jonte Smith is likely to miss Bermuda’s two opening match in the World Cup Qualifiers after reports that he is still recovering from an injury.

Bermuda are set to take on Canada on October 8th and Aruba on October 13th.

A report posted on the gloucestershirelive.co.uk website revealed that Smith will complete his rehabilitation from injury at Cheltenham Town.

Smith suffered ankle ligament damage during the first half of the play-off semi-final second leg against Northampton Town at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on June 22nd.

He scored four goals in six starts and 12 substitute appearances for the Robins after joining at the start of September last year.

Smith, 26, was released at the end of last season and he was the subject of interest from several clubs including Macclesfield Town, Woking and Ebbsfleet United.

But any hopes of securing a contract have been put on hold due to the injury and he could take another two to three months to make a full recovery.

Smith, formerly with Crawley Town and Oxford United, wore an immobility boot for more than a week after leaving the Northampton game on crutches.

He has just spent a fortnight working intensively on his rehabilitation with physio Daniel Kett at St George's Park as part of the PFA's Gamechanger Performance programme, helping him make strides towards fitness.

He will now be supervised by Robins medical staff Gavin Crowe and James Redman at Seasons as he continues to recover.

"It was a significant injury in four parts," Crowe said.

"There was damage to the deltoid ligament, and anterior talofibular ligament, along with syndesomosis and a medial knee ligament element too.

"Jonté will be back with us until he's fit."
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