Ryan Nelsen to miss Oceania Nations Cup
New Zealand captain Ryan Nelsen has been ruled out of the
Oceania Nations Cup and World Cup qualifying tournament in June
with an ankle injury.
The Tottenham Hotspur defender had previously pulled out of New
Zealand’s friendlies against Honduras and El Salvador in the United
States in late May.
Nelsen will captain the New Zealand at the London Olympics and
national coach Ricki Herbert said it was best to allow him a full
Herbert said ”the injury he’s has been carrying needs rest and
we’ve not going to do the player or our team any favors by throwing
him into the demanding schedule we’ve got coming up and risking
greater long-term damage.”
The Nations Cup will be played in the Solomon Islands from June
1 to 10.