New Zealand allow crocked West Ham star Winston Reid to stay at home

Winston Reid and Libor Kozak

The central defender is currently out of action with a hamstring problem.

West Ham United have hit a recent rut of form and injury problems have certainly not helped matters.

One key absentee has been central defender Winston Reid. The New Zealand international has been out of action since the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at the start of the month as he is suffering with a hamstring injury.

But despite his injury troubles he was in fact called up to the New Zealand team for an upcoming friendly with South Korea in Seoul!

Of course West Ham management and fans would have been incensed if that trip did go ahead but thankfully, he is not on his way.

The Kiwi manager Anthony Hudson is quoted by FourFourTwo as stating:

"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."

The Kiwi, who recently signed a new deal at the club, is an integral member of the West Ham defence and they have clearly missed him recently. With James Tomkins also out with a dislocated shoulder, Hammers fans are restless at the thought of waiting much longer for the defender’s return.

But it is good to see that the New Zealand national team decided against taking him away during his recovery, despite their hopes he would be ready.

Reid should now be all set to return to action for West Ham soon after the international period ends.

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