Soccer

Brangman a doubt for Haiti clash

  • Injury doubt: Donte Brangman

Kyle Lightbourne, the Bermuda coach, says it is “still too early” to determine if defender Donte Brangman will be available for his team’s Gold Cup opener against Haiti next weekend.

The Southampton Rangers captain remains doubtful after suffering a hamstring injury during Bermuda’s 1-0 win over Guyana on Thursday night at the National Stadium where his first-half strike ultimately settled an evenly fought contest.

“Team physio Craig Brown has assessed him and taken him for some sort of scan to see exactly what it is,” Lightbourne said. “We think it’s a slight damage of the lower hamstring so just a little tweak.”

Brangman came off with a hamstring injury in the 69th minute.

“He said he felt a little something so we took him off as a precaution, it is still too early to say the extent of the injury but there is a little something there,” Lightbourne added. “These things happen in football and the main thing is we didn’t see him running and pull up.

“Those scenarios are more worrying but he gave the signal that something is not quite right.”

Lightbourne’s team will face group B rivals Haiti in their tournament opener at the Estadio Nacional in San José, Costa Rica on June 16.

“He is important to us but at this stage it is still too early to tell if he will be available,” Lightbourne said.

“We are just short of a week away from our next game so that’s still early to tell and we will know better come Monday.”

Brangman’s injury blow was a cruel twist to a night that had earlier seen him score his first international goal which ultimately separated the two sides.

“Donte popped up with the goal and we talked about getting goals from all round the pitch and he is used to scoring goals playing for his club team,” Lightbourne said. “I was pleased because it is something that we have been working on, getting the fullbacks in an advance position, and it worked out for us.

“I have seen him score many goals like that and a lot of things that we have been working on came out in the match, especially in the first half.”