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National team defender Julius James underwent athroscopic surgery on his shoulder in Columbus last month.

The former St Anthony’s College stopper returned to Columbus to have the procedure done a week after T&T’s World Cup qualifying matches against Guyana.

“I opted to get the surgery to prevent further dislocation which happened in the past,” said James. “It was successful and it’s not going to hamper my readiness for the next MLS season but it puts me at ease now regarding future problems.”

The Columbus Crew man touched on the T&T’s untimely exit from the 2014 qualifiers in which he played every qualifying game prior to the 2-0 win over Guyana.

“It just didn’t work out the way we wanted or hoped for and it’s sad for all of us. We have to reflect on it and really come up with answers for going forward.

“We need to ensure we do not ever repeat some of the mistakes we made and also take whatever positives forward with us.

I definitely hope we can improve our position in Concacaf in upcoming tournaments and for 2018, said James who was voted Columbus’s top defender for the 2011 MLS season.