Injury Sidelines Jamaica Striker Leon Bailey for a Month

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Aston Villa's Leon Bailey, left, reveals a shirt paying tribute to Steffie Gregg as he celebrates scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Everton at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Saturday Sept. 18, 2021. (Tim Goode/PA via AP)

Aston Villa and Jamaica Reggae Boyz will be gutted after it was revealed that winger Leon Bailey suffered a quad injury during the 3-0 victory over Everton last Saturday in the English Premier League.

Bailey suffered the injury after coming on as a second half substitute and scoring one goal and offering an assist with another in a dramatic 21 minutes before leaving the field in the final 10 minutes of the match at Villa Park.

“Leon has a strain which is likely to keep him out until after the international break,” Villa head coach Dean Smith told the club’s media.

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“We would be hopeful that he would be available for the Wolves game, but we will need to assess him nearer the time and see how he progresses over the next ten days or so.”

The news will also be a major blow for the Reggae Boyz, as they prepare for a resumption of Concacaf qualifiers next month for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The Boyz sit at the bottom of the octagonal table with only one point from three matches, after Mexico beat them 2-1, Panama brushed them aside 3-0 and they earned a 1-1 draw with Costa Rica.

The Reggae Boyz face the United States on October 7 in the American city of Austin, return home to host Canada on October 10 before flying out to meet Honduras on October 13 in San Pedro Sula.

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