Nelsen, Reid to miss WCup qualifier
England-based defenders Ryan Nelsen and Winston Reid will miss
New Zealand’s Oceania regional World Cup qualifying match against
Tahiti on Saturday but will play in Tuesday’s return match.
QPR’s Nelsen, the New Zealand captain, and West Ham’s Reid were
prevented by injuries from leaving London on time to catch New
Zealand’s scheduled flight on Thursday to the Tahiti capital
Reid had back spasms during West Ham’s Premier League match
against Arsenal last weekend while Nelsen aggravated a knee injury
in QPR’s match against West Bromwich Albion.
Nelsen and Reid will now return to New Zealand for Tuesday’s
match against Tahiti in Christchurch. New Zealand leads the Oceania
qualifying series for the 2014 World Cup with wins over the Solomon
Islands and New Caledonia.