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Smeltz out of Nations Cup

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/05/2016

A recurring foot injury has ruled All Whites striker Shane Smeltz out of the Oceania Nations Cup beginning in Papua New Guinea on Sunday.

The 34-year-old, who has scored 24 goals from 51 internationals for New Zealand, was managing a strain to his plantar fascia, the flat band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot.

But All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has decided it isn't worth risking further injury to Smeltz, and has replaced him with promising attacking midfielder Luka Prelevic.

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