Recalled wing-back James McGarry will be sidelined for four to six weeks with his hamstring injury, meaning he’s likely to miss October’s All Whites games against DR Congo and Australia.
His Aberdeen club had been assessing the extent of the injury after McGarry (25) limped off the pitch only six minutes into the Scottish Premiership match against Ross County on Monday (NZT).
But in an update, Aberdeen manager Barry Robson told BBC Sport:
“It will be maybe four to six weeks which is quite frustrating.
“It took time to get him in the building and he is now going to be out for a few weeks.
“We actually took him away at the start and gave him a week’s pre-season, which probably wasn’t enough.
“We tried to go really slow with him after that and it still happened.
“It’s really frustrating but it isn’t always easy to get players up to speed and get them caught up with the rest of the players.”
McGarry is looking to add to his sole New Zealand cap after being named by head coach Darren Bazeley in the 22-player All Whites squad to play DR Congo and Australia.
He joined Aberdeen in August from Australian A-League club Central Coast Mariners.
Main photo: James McGarry … sidelined. Photo credit: Aberdeen FC.
Game to be played on Saturday October 14, 2023 (NZT)
New Zealand v DR Congo
Estadio Nueva Condomina, Murcia, Spain, 5am (NZT)
Game to be played on Wednesday October 18, 2023 (NZT)
New Zealand v Australia
Gtech Community Stadium, London, 7.45am (NZT)
Game to be played on Saturday November 18, 2023 (NZT)
Greece v New Zealand
OPAP Arena, Athens, Greece, 6am TBC (NZT)
Game to be played on Wednesday November 22, 2023 (NZT)
Ireland v New Zealand
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 8.45am (NZT)