Sites like ourselves who have criticised the club for not retaining certain players will be eating a slice of Humble Pie as news has come in of what will probably be a career ending injury for ex-Hammer Winston Reid. A superb player on his day and believe it or not GSB's 1st Marquee signing!
New Zealand coach Danny Hay hopes the team hasn’t seen the last of captain Winston Reid after he tore a groin muscle during their World Cup play-off loss to Costa Rica, Hay said the centre back suffered the injury about 35 minutes into the match at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, which New Zealand lost 1-0 after a third-minute goal from Joel Campbell.
Reid played on until the 72nd minute, when he was replaced by Elijah Just as the All Whites adjusted following the sending off of forward Kosta Barbarouses. “He said that in about the 35th minute mark, he just sort of slipped on the surface,” Hay said of Reid the day after. “He said he tore it, so he managed to battle through for quite some time, and that just shows what a warrior he is ,“I thought he was immense while he was on, but obviously when we went down to 10 men, it was going to be probably a bit too much of an ask to carry on.”
Reid had been managing tightness in his groin in the lead-up to the one-off play-off, but trained in the days before the clash with Costa Rica and wasn’t visibly encumbered. He has been without a club for more than 12 months but has made seven appearances for his country in that time, as well as three for the OlyWhites at last year’s Tokyo Olympics.
When the All Whites squad was named for the World Cup play-off last month, Reid said he wanted to find a club after the match, regardless of whether they won and qualified, but he will now have to rehab his groin injury as he does so, which could throw up fresh challenges. Reid is the oldest member of the current All Whites squad, turning 34 in July, and with the next World Cup now four years away as far as New Zealand is concerned, the extent of his international future is now up in the air. Hay said: “If I had my way, I'd convince him to stay on”.
Reid is a classic example of a player rushed back from injury too often, but also the victim of a 'freak injury' from which he NEVER fully recovered after falling badly having been knocked unconscious, he was never the same player again! We wish him well in his retirement.