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‘Time will tell really’: Smith could miss New Zealand World Cup decider

PUBLISHED: 23:35 11 November 2017 | UPDATED: 23:35 11 November 2017

Tommy Smith, pictured battling with Cardiff's Omar Bogle for the ball, played for New Zealand against Peru. Picture: PAGEPIX

Tommy Smith, pictured battling with Cardiff's Omar Bogle for the ball, played for New Zealand against Peru. Picture: PAGEPIX

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Tommy Smith has admitted he is unsure if he will be fit to play for New Zealand in the second leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off with Peru.

Smith played the first 67 minutes of the All Whites’ highly-charged first leg contest in Wellington, which ended 0-0, before being replaced after picking up a groin problem.

Defender Smith is now unsure if his knock will keep him out of the second leg in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“I just felt my calf, so time will tell really,” Smith told “Compress it, ice it tonight and then assess it in the morning.”

Along with West Ham defender Winston Reid, Smith was involved in early mix-up which led to goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic being forced into a goal-line save, but the Ipswich defender recovered well and was much more solid in possession before leaving the field.

Burnley striker Chris Wood was struggling with a knock heading into the game and only started on the bench, but is set to be unleashed when the two sides meet again in Lima in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Smith’s Ipswich team-mate Monty Patterson an unused substitute.

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Bear Grylls is seeking adventure hungry contestants for the latest series of The Island.

Suffolk’s global superstar Ed Sheeran will be returning to his home county next summer for two huge concerts.

An woman in her 70s has been taken to hospital in a critical condition following a serious road traffic incident in Felixstowe.

Ed Sheeran’s return to his home county will conclude a bumper European tour with 23 shows across 15 countries.

Hope Church has bought the former Odeon Cinema in Ipswich which has been left empty for the past 13 years.

Three fire crews and an air ambulance attended a high-rise building in Ipswich after a person was taken ill in a fifth floor flat.

A charity auction featuring 300 personal items belonging to Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran will be held in his home county – and it’s open to everybody.

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Cash and drugs were found on a person in a railway station search, leading to an arrest.

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