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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.

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

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