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Smith Injured as All Whites Draw First Leg of Play-Off
Saturday, 11th Nov 2017 10:15

Town defender Tommy Smith was forced off injured as New Zealand and Peru drew 0-0 in the first leg of their World Cup qualification play-off in Wellington overnight.

The 27-year-old suffered a calf injury and having previously received treatment eventually made way in the 67th minute.

Centre-half Smith, who was winning his 36th cap, is considered a doubt for Wednesday's second leg in Lima, the winner of which will go through to next summer's finals in Russia.

Fellow Blue Monty Patterson was an unused sub and unable to add to his 15 caps and one goal.

Former Town loan striker Chris Wood came off the bench in the 74th minute, while another ex-Blues loanee, Rory Fallon, was an unused sub.

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Cloddyseedbed added 10:44 - Nov 11
Not good news, I was hoping Tommy was going to return fitter, not injured yet again. We need him fit.

ArnieM added 10:50 - Nov 11
Stupid bloody international games!!

shakytown added 11:00 - Nov 11
Arnie. It could have been worse for you if you watched the game like I did here in NZ. Bloody awful would be a kindness to it and Smith was no exception. The only thing slower than him was the pathetic Peruvians getting up from faking injuries and trying to get players booked or sent off.

TractorBeezer added 15:40 - Nov 11
If its a tear it will take time. A strain or bruise could be a month or so unless physio can work magic.

Radlett_blue added 18:22 - Nov 11
Rory Fallon - you really are having a laugh!

kiwiblue added 20:17 - Nov 11
Rory fall over is an icon over here. Game was not that bad but we were stuffed by Hudson's tactics and the lack of a decent strong striker. Rojas is a good prospect could pick him up for a song.

kiwiblue added 20:19 - Nov 11
Injury didn't seem very troublesome he walked of and stayed on the bench. Warmed down afterwards as well

KiwiTractor added 21:02 - Nov 11
The injury is not a bad one and shouldn't impact Ipswich - although McCarthy is not going to pick him anyway. It will be touch and go to get Smith fit for the second leg though, especially with the travel involved.

KiwiTractor added 21:04 - Nov 11
Fallon only brought in to lift the squad, no chance of playing. Thought Monty was the pick of the reserves warming up at halftime - could of nice step overs in there!

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