Nelsen's World Cup doubt

Captain could head home for baby

Nelsen: May miss WC

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New Zealand captain Ryan Nelsen has put the birth of his second child ahead of his country's World Cup campaign.

The Blackburn star and his wife, Monica, are expecting their new baby on the eve of the 11th July World Cup final by which time the All Whites are more than likely to have been eliminated.

However, a premature delivery will see Nelsen jet straight back home to England.

"If it comes a couple of weeks early, it could be interesting," he told the Dominion Post.

"If it did come early, I'd have to get on the plane and head straight home. There's nothing on this earth that would stop me from being there at my child's birth.

"Obviously I've majorly got my fingers crossed and I hope it doesn't happen."

All Whites coach Ricki Herbert revealed that he would not stand in the way of the 32 year-old if he leaves the World Cup to be with his family.

"There are always personal things in people's lives that are important," he said.