New Zealand captain Chris Wood faces eight weeks of treatment for a hamstring injury, putting in doubt his availability for the All Whites’ games at the W Cup in March.
New Zealand are scheduled to face Egypt at the W Cup tournament on March 22, 2024, and will then play either Croatia or Tunisia.
Wood (32) became aware of a hamstring problem in the first half of Forest’s game against Arsenal on January 30, and was substituted at half-time.
Forest have immediately ruled Wood out of their FA Cup tie against Bristol City and their next EPL game, against Wood’s former club Newcastle United. Media reports quote club sources as saying the striker could be sidelined for up to eight weeks.
Main photo: Chris Wood has been in good form for Forest recently, scoring eight EPL goals so far this season.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo told the Nottingham Post: “Unfortunately, Chris is not available. He is out. He is going to be out for some time. Hopefully not a long time, but let’s see.
“It is a hamstring. He felt uncomfortable, so we did a scan and there is a minor injury there.
“We are frustrated but this happens. He was a doubt for Sunday’s game and he is going to be out for some time.
“It is part of the job. We are not here to always feel sorry for ourselves. We know more than anyone we have problems, but with problems we will find solutions.
“We have to adapt and try to find solutions for the problems.”
Meanwhile, All Whites midfielder Matt Garbett could be sidelined for up to four weeks after reportedly dislocating his shoulder in his latest game for Dutch club NAC Breda.