PORT-OF-SPAIN, Sept 7 Trinidad and Tobago's
preparations for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier in the United
States were hit when captain Dwight Yorke bowed to pressure
from his English club Sunderland to skip the match.
Yorke wore the captain's armband in the 1-1 draw against
Guatemala on Saturday but did not travel to the United States
with the Soca Warriors.
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF) said
Yorke was ruled out with a thigh injury but the veteran
midfielder confirmed that Sunderland had ordered his return to
"I am feeling caught between a rock and a hard place with
my club and my country," Yorke told the Trinidad Express. "I
want to play against the U.S. but I don't know if I will be
Yorke, 36, recently signed a new one-year deal with
Sunderland and has been promised a coaching job with the
Premier League club at the end of his playing career.
However, Sunderland manager Roy Keane is not sympathetic
towards Yorke's international aspirations, ordering him to skip
the U.S. match in order to be fresh for Saturday's game against
Sunderland are obliged by FIFA to make their players
available for World Cup qualifiers but it is unlikely that FIFA
vice-president and T&TFF special advisor Jack Warner will take
action considering the possible ramifications for the country's
most celebrated player.
Yorke's absence is a huge blow for the Warriors who were
already without suspended midfielder Khaleem Hyland and left
back Avery John, and injured regular captain and playmaker
(Editing by Ed Osmond)