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Tim Brown Desperate To Score A Goal In The World Cup

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Tim Brown Desperate To Score A Goal In The World Cup

By Ian Stuart of NZPA

Auckland, May 29 NZPA - All Whites vice-captain Tim Brown says he is desperate to score a goal in the World Cup in South Africa and hopes to be back in the gym tomorrow or Monday, four days after surgery on his injured shoulder.

Brown, 29, feared his World Cup was over after badly injuring his shoulder in a friendly game against Australia in Melbourne on Monday.

However, after surgery to insert three screws in his shoulder in Auckland on Thursday, he said he still hoped to rejoin the team but said he would not go unless he was 100 percent.

Today he said the surgeon Stu Walsh was very happy with the operation.

"By all accounts it went amazingly well."

He said a decision on whether he would go to South Africa would be made on June 10 after a week of rehabilitation and fitness work.

"I believe if I am fit I can contribute and I can help them. I will go over there if I believe I can do that. "If not I won't just because I don't think it's fair.

"We work pretty hard to build a culture of honesty and togetherness and if I go over there and I am not right I think I am doing a bit of a disservice to my mates and the shirt."

He said when he saw the x-ray of his injured shoulder on Monday he was devastated.

"I thought my World Cup gone and I had tears in my eyes. I thought it was all over.

"The doctor came in about 20 minutes later and told me first we had lost the game, and second that there was a chance if I had these bones screwed back there might be a chance for the World Cup and I have pretty much held onto that ever since."

He said he would leave the hospital tomorrow and hoped to be back in the gym on a bike tomorrow or Monday to work on his fitness.

"Two weeks and I am not going to lose it. It is not ideal but I think everything is looking really, really positive."

He said he had been given some exercises to do but would take it easy for another day.

"Then I will rip into it."

He said the pain was not bad because of the drugs he was taking but he was feeling very positive.

He said he was desperate to be involved in the World Cup.

"I want to score a goal in the World Cup. I want to play in the World Cup."

He said the surgeon told him "he had aced it" and the three screws had anchored the bone in place. He was lucky the ligaments and muscles were intact.

New Zealand have made a World Cup final only once before, in 1982 in Spain.

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