Midfielder Annalie Longo has withdrawn from the Football Ferns squad at the OFC Women’s Olympic Qualifier tournament in Samoa.
NZ Football released a statement on Friday (February 9) saying her withdrawal was “a precaution to avoid aggravating a calf strain.”
The 133-cap Longo did not play in Wednesday’s tournament opener against Tonga, which New Zealand won 3-0.
Canberra United’s Ruby Nathan would stay with the squad to provide cover for Longo, the statement said.
New Zealand’s second group game is against Samoa on Saturday.
Main photo: Annalie Longo … calf strain.
Game to be played on Saturday February 10, 2024
New Zealand v Samoa
FFS Football Stadium, Field 1, Apia, Samoa, 5pm