Reid misses Confederations Cup
New Zealand will be without skipper Winston Reid for the Confederations Cup in Russia.
The All Whites have seen their captain and defensive star ruled out for the tournament in June and July due to a knee problem.
The injury has been causing the 28-year-old grief for the past six weeks.
Obviously I'm really disappointed to be missing the Confederations Cup.Winston Reid
Reid, who has only played 21 internationals for New Zealand since debuting in 2010, has a bone growth (calcification) in his left knee.
It's a problem that has been limiting him to just one training session a week with West Ham.
Reid, who has had surgery to remove the growth from his knee, says his expected recovery time is eight to 12 weeks.
"Obviously I'm really disappointed to be missing the Confederations Cup, but if I had gone there and played, it would not have got better," he said.
"If the Confederations Cup was nine or 10 days away, I'd probably have given it a go, but the fact it is another month away and it's not getting any better made my decision."
Reid said the past six weeks had been a real struggle for him and he needed to get the problem resolved.
All Whites coach Anthony Hudson is confident the defender will be fit for November's World Cup Intercontinental playoff, should the team qualify to play the fifth-placed South American side.
He said: "It was a tournament that our captain wanted to be a part of, but not only be a part of but to do something significant, so I feel pretty bad for him."
Reid, whose West Ham side are 9/4 to beat Burnley this weekend, will be replaced as captain by striker Chris Wood.
Australia are 125/1 to win the Confederations Cup with Russia priced at 25/1.
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