Thursday, September 24, 2009
A bizarre eye injury looks like it will keep Watford defender Jay DeMerit out of action for the near future.
DeMerit had just recuperated from a minor groin injury when he said the injury took place while Watford were playing at Plymouth.
"It was a freak thing," DeMerit recently recalled to YA. "We were in our hotel and as I took out my contact, it cut my eye and I ended up getting an infection from that cut. It only got worse and worse and I still can't see out of that eye."
The US national team player had enjoyed a productive summer where he played an integral role in the national team's run to the Confederations Cup final, highlighted by an effort in the semifinal versus Spain where DeMerit helped keep strikers Fernando Torres and David Villa in check.
The native of Green Bay, Wisconsin is still hoping to be a part of Bob Bradley's squad in next month's World Cup qualifiers, but the 29 year-old concedes that his eye issue may instead force him into the operating room and rule him out of October's crucial encounters.
"Scar tissue is starting to develop which is blurring my vision so I'm seeing a specialist and I might have to have surgery," continued DeMerit. "I quickly recovered from my groin injury but my eye is going to take time."
In addition to missing time with the national team, DeMerit's eye infection has limited the former University of Illinois at Chicago standout to just five matches overall this season for Watford.
Knowing that an injury to such a sensitive body part like the eye is serious predicament for any professional athlete, DeMerit is fully aware that the most important approach to his recovery will be patience and letting everything take its course.
"You just can't mess with your eyes so I'm going to manage it right and try to get better as soon as possible whether it's through surgery or another course of action," he concluded.
In over five season with Watford, DeMerit has appeared in over 170 matches overall scoring ten goals.