11 Jun 2010

All Whites vice-captain overcomes shoulder injury

12:54 pm on 11 June 2010

The New Zealand midfielder Tim Brown will join the country's World Cup football squad in South Africa after recovering from a fractured shoulder.

The 29-year-old All Whites vice-captain suffered the injury in a warm-up game against Australia on May the 24th and underwent surgery to repair the break.

He has now been passed fit to travel to the tournament that starts on Friday and will continue his rehabilitation programme in South Africa.

Brown's recovery is a boost for 78th-ranked New Zealand but it's uncertain if he'll be ready for the team's opening Group F game against Slovakia on Tuesday night.