Chris Wood likely to miss All Whites’ games in June after operation on thigh

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All Whites striker Chris Wood has undergone surgery for his leg injury and is unlikely to play again before mid-July.

This would rule him out of New Zealand’s match against Sweden on June 17 and a second game planned for the mid-year international window.

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News of the operation has been revealed by his Nottingham Forest club who say the surgery was for an injury received while on international duty, and was not related to the thigh injury he received against Tottenham Hotspur in early March.

‘We had no alternative other than to operate’

Forest manager Steve Cooper told the Nottingham Post:

“He’s actually had an operation on his thigh.

“It was something that was a really unfortunate situation, at the training ground.

“We got the scans from New Zealand and then made second and third checks, as you do with these things, once he got back. The player was obviously involved in the process, as always, but we had no alternative other than to operate.

“So we’re looking at a long period out. It will be middle of pre-season, if we’re lucky, not the start. If it all goes well then we’re looking at mid-July.

“We’ll support him as best we can. He’s a very positive guy. It’s just an unfortunate situation that does happen in elite sport.

“We’ll give him the best recovery. For sure, he’ll commit to that 100 percent; having worked with him now for a few months, I can see how professional he is. Hopefully, he gets back at the right time.”

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