New Zealand captain Chris Wood has been sidelined with a hamstring problem less than three weeks before the All Whites play in the November international window.
Wood (31) was a surprise omission from Nottingham Forest’s line-up to face Liverpool in their latest English Premier League match after his double against Luton Town a week before.
Forest manager Steve Cooper said:
“Unfortunately, Woody picked up a hamstring injury.
“He will be out for a little while with it.”
New Zealand are scheduled to play Greece on Saturday November 18 and the Republic of Ireland four days later.
Game to be played on Saturday November 18, 2023 (NZT)
Greece v New Zealand
Georgios Kamaras Stadium, 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)