All Whites to keep the faith

19 June 2010 08:58

New Zealand are set to field an unchanged side for their second World Cup match against holders Italy.

With midfielder Tim Brown still to fully recover from a shoulder injury, coach Ricki Herbert has hinted at keeping the same XI that started their drawn Group F opener against Slovakia.

Gianluigi Buffon will be missing for Italy and is likely to be sidelined for four months after deciding to undergo an operation on a herniated disc after the World Cup.

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert said: "It's hard to go past a side that's created more history.

"It's a different type of proposition, a different type of team to play against, but I don't think it will be far away."

Source: PA