May 30, 2012
HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS – West Ham defender Winston Reid has been ruled out of the All Whites squad for the OFC Nations CUp with a groin injury.
Reid has been carrying the injury since the end of West Ham’s promotion-winning season and New Zealand‘s potential schedule in the Solomon Islands – five games in 10 days – would risk further damage.
All Whites coach Ricki Herbert has called up 21 year old Waitakere United defender Tim Myers to replace Reid.
“It’s disappointing to not have Winston joining us here. He’s a big part of our plans as we aim to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.”
“However, the last two games have shown that the players we do have available can get the first part of that job done here in the Solomon Islands.”
“Tim is another promising young player from the ASB Premiership. He’s part of the Olympic team and he’ll do the shirt proud if called upon during this tournament."