13 Nov 2009

Elliott struggling to make All Whites subs bench

6:46 pm on 13 November 2009

The battle veteran All Whites midfield Simon Elliot faces is not whether he'll make the starting lineup for the football qualifier against Bahrain but whether he's fit enough to take a place on the subs bench.

Elliot's been nursing a hip injury all week and has only taken a limited part in training, with Michael McGlinchey running in his midfield spot.

Coach Ricki Herbert says Elliott is desperate to play but they won't make a call until after training tonight.

He hinted the issue for Elliott was more about making the reserves bench, indicating he wasn't fit enough to make the starting lineup.