[Written by Stephen Wright]
Bermuda winger Luke Robinson said he is unlikely to feature for Bermuda against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Concacaf Nations League match at the Flora Duffy Stadium tonight because of an ankle injury.
Bermuda must beat Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to keep their hopes alive of finishing top of group C League B, with Robinson hoping to be available for a potential winner-takes-all promotion clash away to French Guiana in the final group match on Tuesday.
Robinson picked up a knock while training for his new club, Glacis United, in the Gibraltar National League, who he joined from English non-league outfit Whitehawk in September.
“I’ve been doing everything I can to get fit in time for these games,” Robinson told Bernews. “It’s not looking likely for the first game, but hopefully, I’ll be able to play a part in the second one.”
The 25-year-old said the Bermuda dressing room was full of belief ahead of their two crunch encounters and believes the team are improving with every game under new coach Michael Findlay.
“We’ve played these two teams before, and we believe winning both games is very doable,” he said. “A win [against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines] will keep everyone in high spirits. Hopefully, we can put it all on the line against French Guiana.
“Everyone is on board, and we’ve had some new players come in who have looked good. We’ve improved every window and are looking more organised.”
Since becoming a full-time professional at Glacis United, Robinson believes he has become fitter and sharper; he hopes the move to the Gibraltar National League can be a stepping stone to bigger and better things.
“All of the clubs are professional, and that was the biggest thing for me coming here,” said Robinson, who lives in Malaga, Spain.
“It’s full-time football, so I’m fitter than I was and sharper. It’s been a good step in my career. The league is a mixed standard. The top four or five teams are very good – better than what I was playing against in England.
“The bottom half of the league probably isn’t as good. The difference between the resources of the clubs is quite drastic.
“When I’ve played, I’ve done well. It’s been a bit stop and start because of the international windows. It’s been hard to get my rhythm, but I’m happy with how things are going.”