New Zealand forward Chris Wood has told ESPN FC that he and the All Whites' other Europe-based players must overcome the effects of a 36-hour journey before facing Peru in their World Cup qualifying playoff first leg in Wellington.
Burnley striker Wood, who has overcome a hamstring injury to take his place in the squad, and West Ham defender Winston Reid lead the group of six Europe-based players in Anthony Hudson's squad for the game on Saturday.
He said the battle to be ready for the first leg...
Ricki Herbert coached New Zealand at the 2010 World Cup, was a player at the 1982 World Cup, and managed Wellington in the A-League between 2007-13.
Oceania champions New Zealand will face a mammoth task when they take on the world's No. 10 ranked team, Peru, in a playoff over two legs, for a place at Russia 2018.
The Peruvians, who came fifth in South American qualifying, are aiming for their first World Cup finals' appearance since 1982, the same year that New Zealand qualified for the first time.
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Premier League stars Chris Wood and Winston Reid have been passed first to join New Zealand for the World Cup qualifying playoff against Peru next weekend.
Burnley striker Wood and West Ham defender Reid recently missed league matches -- Wood with a hamstring strain and Reid a calf muscle injury -- but both took a full part in their teams' most recent games. Reid played all 90 minutes in its 4-1 loss to Liverpool and Wood played 65 minutes in Burnley's 1-0 win over Southampton.