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Wood dislocates shoulder in 5-0 win

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/05/2016
Chris Wood © Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images Chris Wood

Chris Wood's Nations Cup looks to be over after he dislocated his shoulder in New Zealand's 5-0 win over Vanuatu in Papua New Guinea.

The All Whites skipper scored a quick-fire double to give New Zealand a 2-0 lead after 10 minutes, but was then forced from the field after injuring his shoulder in a collision.

The injury is particularly bad timing, given that Woods will need to impress a new manager, with news his Leeds United team in England have just parted company with manager Steve Evans.

Italian owner Massimo Cellino has now gone through six managers since he bought Leeds in April 2014.

Former European Cup finalists Leeds finished 13th in the 24-team second tier competition in the recently completed season.

Even in Wood's absence in Port Moresby, New Zealand continued their unbeaten start to the Nations Cup in impressive fashion.

Michael McGlinchey curled home a pinpoint free kick, stand-in skipper Rory Fallon finished with precision for his second goal in as many games, and Kosta Barbarouses completed the first-half rampage with a low finish inside the far post.

Fallon said the return of McGlinchey, Barbarouses and Rojas had been a real feature of the match.

"It was great for them to come back and it just shows how strong our squad is becoming, that we can bring in those sorts of players.

"It was an unbelievable first half. We had opportunities to score more goals and had one on ones that we should have taken - it could have been seven."

The All Whites' final Group B match is against the Solomon Islands on Saturday, and Fallon says it's a match they won't be taking lightly.

"We always focus on ourselves first, but we're also always mindful of our opposition and the need to respect them."

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