West Ham defender Winston Reid will miss his country’s game against South Africa after picking up a hamstring injury, New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson has confirmed. The centre-back could return for the Hammers next game next month, however, reports Sky Sports.
The 26-year-old recently signed a new long-term deal with West Ham, ending months of speculation about his future. He’s been outstanding in the backline all through the season for Sam Allardyce’s side, but is still attracting interest from side higher up in the table as a result of his impressive performances.
West Ham have insurance with his contract now should he be sold, but they are adamant to keep him in the defence. He’s also a key player in the New Zealand side, and the national team manager said he waited as long as he could to see if Reid would pass a late fitness test, but now has the opportunity to give another player a chance to stake a claim.
“We gave Winston until the very last moment to see if he would be able to be part of the camp here in Seoul. It’s a shame his injury hasn’t fully healed and he won’t be part of this trip. West Ham have been very co-operative and we had the chance to bring Winston out here to be part of the camp off the field, which we decided against. We will now move forward in our planning and it opens up an opportunity for another member of the squad to stake their claim,” said Hudson.
While ruled out of the meeting against South Africa, Reid could return for domestic duty early next month, after the international break comes to a close and the Premier League campaign returns.
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