New Zealand coach confirms West Ham defender Winston Reid injured

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New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson has confirmed West Ham defender Winston Reid is not fit to make the trip to face South Africa in Seoul.

The 26-year-old has been struggling with a hamstring injury and will play no part when the All Whites face Uli Stielike's side on Tuesday.

Hudson said: "We gave Winston until the very last moment to see if he would be able to be part of the camp here in Seoul,” Hudson said.

“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."

Reid was forced off after just eight minutes of West Ham's 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on March 4 and missed the subsequent clashes with Arsenal and Sunderland.

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