Former national attacker Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson has again decided to postpone operation on his right knee to continue playing for Tivoli Gardens in their quest to win the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) this season.
Last December, Johnson had stated that he would do the surgery but had a change of heart, stating that he his willing to play through pain for his club. He had also said that the match against Arnett Gardens on January 4 would have been his last before the operation.
However, Johnson played in several games after that. His last game was against Harbour View on January 7, in which he picked up a red card. The game ended prematurely at Harbour View Stadium with the home side leading 2-0 in the second half. Johnson missed his team’s 3-1 win against Cavalier last Sunday because of the suspension.
Coach of Tivoli Gardens Omar ‘Tiger’ Edwards said Johnson is afraid to do the surgery and miss the rest of the season.
“Jermaine Teddy Johnson had decided to postpone his surgery until the end of the season. He is afraid of doing the surgery now and being unable to finish the season,” Edwards told STAR Sports yesterday.
“Therefore, Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson knows his body best and this is the decision he has made. When we look and observe him in training playing with a knee band or brace, which supports his knee to some extent … he is feeling pretty comfortable with that, he wanted to do this,” the coach explained.
“He has been a prolific goalscorer from last season. His leadership and motivation has played a pivotal part so far and he intends to continue in guiding the young players on the team,” Edwards also shared.
Johnson sustained the injury in his team’s 1-0 win against Harbour View in the RSPL first round on October 16.
The 37-year-old Johnson has played professionally for clubs such as Bolton Wanderers, Oldham Athletic, Bradford City, and Sheffield Wednesday in England.
Tivoli Gardens are fourth in the standings on 40 points, 13 behind leaders Portmore United (53), defending champions Arnett Gardens (45), and Cavalier (42) in the 12-team RSPL.