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Doctor Hopeful Brown Will Heal In Time For World Cup

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Wellington, May 28 NZPA - Team doctor Celeste Geertsema is cautious but optimistic injured All Whites midfielder and vice-captain Tim Brown has a fighting chance of recovering from shoulder surgery in time to take his place with the team for next month's football 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Brown fractured his right shoulder after falling heavily during Monday's 2-1 defeat by Australia in Melbourne and underwent surgery by Stu Walsh in Auckland yesterday.

"Whilst the technical aspects of his surgery has been successful, it is still too early to comment on his chances of being available for the World Cup at this stage," Geertsema said in a statement this morning from Austria where the All Whites are preparing for Monday morning's (NZt) friendly match against Serbia.

"This will depend on how quickly he heals and how well he progresses through rehabilitation.

"The usual recovery time for this type of injury is three-six weeks, depending on the individual, and it can occasionally be much longer.

"However, Tim is a strong and fit athlete, who is very motivated and looks after himself well, which will benefit his recovery.

"We are therefore optimistic about the prognosis. He will be re-assessed at the two week mark and we should have a better idea of his availability for the World Cup then."

Walsh had indicated to her that the 105-minute procedure in which three screws were inserted into the bone to secure the fracture went very well.

Brown was expected to be released from hospital tomorrow and would start a rehabilitation programme soon after.

He has until June 14 to prove his fitness -- when coach Ricki Herbert has to name his final squad for the World Cup, 24 hours before the All Whites' opening match against Slovakia.

Wellington midfielder Cole Peverley has joined the All Whites at their training camp in Austria as cover for Brown.

 

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