Striker Alex Greive is in doubt for the All Whites’ two-match series against China despite better news about his expected recovery from an ankle injury.
He will be fit to play by mid-March, according to his St Mirren club’s latest update on the injury but New Zealand meet China on March 23 and 26.
St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson says another scan on Greive’s ankle indicates he may only face three to four weeks in the treatment room, after initial fears of a long-term problem.
Robinson told the club’s website:
“We are hoping it will not be quite so serious but it will still be three weeks. We were fearing it could maybe be an end-of-season job.
“But we are looking at three to four weeks with Alex. So that is a huge boost for us, considering we don’t have loads and loads of options.”
Greive (23) limped off during his side’s 5-1 Scottish Cup defeat to Celtic, and a first scan suggested he would face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
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Greive joined St Mirren in January 2022 after playing his club football for Papakura City, Waitakere City and Birkenhead United.
Main photo: Alex Greive playing against Australia in September. Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.phototek.nz