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

recovery.

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.