Forrest Will Miss At Least Two Games

Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian goalkeeper Craig Forrest is still recovering from his hernia operation in May and will miss Canada’s upcoming Semi-Final Round World Cup Qualifying games against Trinidad and Tobago and Panama.

CSA NOTES – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian goalkeeper Craig Forrest is still recovering from his hernia operation in May and will miss Canada’s upcoming Semi-Final Round World Cup Qualifying games against Trinidad and Tobago and Panama. Forrest is now looking at Canada’s game against Mexico on August 15 as a possible return date.

“It’s very disappointing for me as I want to be available to do what I can to help Canada but it’s just too soon after the operation,” said Forrest who has been receiving treatment from Canadian team physiotherapist Alex McKechnie in Burnaby. “I hope to be back in time for the Mexico game but I’ll have to be patient and let it heal properly.”

Meanwhile Canadian defender Mark Watson who missed Canada’s playoff games against Cuba is expected to resume training in Burnaby today with Men’s World Cup team assistant coach Bruce Twamley and other Vancouver area players. Watson has missed almost two months with a calf injury.

Canadian midfielder Jim Brennan, who also underwent a hernia operation, is scheduled to resume training with his club Nottingham Forest later this month. It remains to be seen if the Newmarket native will be fully fit in time for Canada’s first game against Trinidad and Tobago in Edmonton on July 16.

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