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York United Jonathan Grant

Out For Ottawa: Grant Placed On Inactive List

By on March 18, 2024 0 894 Views

While Jonathan Grant had been hoping to bounce back with a healthy season following his transfer to Atletico Ottawa, the versatile defender will miss the 2024 CPL season following a recent preseason injury ahead of their trip to Mexico.

The Canadian Premier League side confirmed today that the 30-year-old has been placed on the inactive roster list following a significant knee injury that required surgical intervention, effectively sidelining him for the year to come.

“Grant will remain a key figure off the pitch and in the locker room,” read a statement from the club. “Everyone at the club wishes Grant a swift recovery.”

It’s worth noting that the CPL provides player compensation budget relief for one season-ending injury per year. With Karl Ouimette retiring and Jonathan Grant eligible for roster relief, the team now has some added player salary room to work with as it seeks to lock in free agent defender Amer Didic.

York United Jonathan Grant
Photo Credit: John Jacques

“It’s truly unfortunate to see Jonny sidelined with this injury during our pre-season preparations,” says Atletico Ottawa CEO Fernando Lopez.

“We brought him in because he’s a quality defender and was going to be an integral part of our team, especially thanks to his CPL and international experience. We wish him a quick recovery and hope to see him back on the pitch soon. This setback means we must now act to fill the open roster spot with the cap space made available. We are already working on solutions for this season to ensure our squad remains competitive and ready for the challenges ahead.”

The Guyana international‘s deal with Atletico Ottawa runs through to 2025, with his move from York United making him the first CPL athlete to sign for all of the league’s Ontario-based clubs.

Carlos Gonzalez was hoping to lean on Grant’s veteran experience on the pitch, with the defender coming in as a three-time CPL champion from his time with Forge, and a playoff-clincher in his subsequent spell at York United.

Guyana Jonathan Grant

Unfortunately, the versatile defender has now had a fair share of injuries in all six of his CPL seasons, though he still accrued 55 appearances for Forge and was good for 17 with York United last season.

It’s a disappointing follow-up to his prior campaign, which saw him break through with the Guyana national team. Grant made six appearances for them last season, with his last tour amongst the Golden Jaguars seeing him enjoy a 6-0 thrashing of Antigua and Barbuda last November.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

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