Newcastle have had a number of injury scares during this international break. Striker Chris Wood can now be added to the list. The 30-year-old was forced off with an injury in New Zealand’s 2-0 defeat against Australia yesterday.
With the match still scoreless in the 30th minute, Wood took a heavy challenge and was later withdrawn. During halftime came out to sign autographs for the New Zealand fans. Hopefully, it’s not a serious injury.
33' ? Substitution
Gutting one for Chris Wood. He has had to come off after getting injured in an earlier tackle.
Ben Waine is on to replace him.
— New Zealand Football (@NZ_Football) September 25, 2022
Alexander Isak withdrew from the Sweden squad with an undisclosed injury last week. Bruno Guimaraes didn’t play in Brazil’s 3-0 win against Ghana on Friday due to a thigh injury. He has remained with the squad and may play against Tunisia on Tuesday.
In the New Zealand match, Newcastle target Garang Kuol made his Australia debut. The recently-turned 18-year-old came on in the second half. By all accounts, the forward looked very good as he came on for the final 20 minutes.
Here is the youngster on the break which led to Australia’s second goal via a penalty.
Jason Cummings scores on his #Socceroos debut!
— Socceroos (@Socceroos) September 25, 2022
Newcastle are reportedly negotiating a January move for Kuol, who has a modest release clause. The teenager’s rise into the Australia squad should help him gain a work permit in the near future. He scored 4 goals in 8 cameos for Central Coast Mariners last season.