All Whites fans, don't despair yet. Ace marksman Chris Wood's hamstring injury may not be bad enough to put him out of the World Cup qualification matches against Peru.

Woods left the field 20 minutes into his Burnley side's 3 - 0 English Premier League defeat at Manchester City this morning.

Wood's absence would be terrible news for the All Whites, who face Peru in Wellington on November 11, and in Lima five days later.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche indicated to the BBC that Wood left the field as a precautionary measure, a decision made by both the club and the player.


Dyche said: "He's got off early - that's the good thing. We got him off early, and he got off early.

"He said 'look it's not gone, (but) I can feel it'. We said you've got to get off the pitch because hamstrings are notorious so we had to do that. It was good management from both."

Earlier, Dyche had said: "We're hopeful it's not a serious one. He got up pretty quick, but he was feeling it so we decided we had to make that decision."

City took a five-point lead in the English Premier League with the win and Sergio Aguero became the club's joint top goal-scorer.

The Argentina striker started the game one behind Eric Brook's record of 177 which has stood for 78 years.

After nine rounds, City has 25 points - five more than rival Manchester United which lost at Huddersfield 2-1.

Aguero, back in the starting lineup after breaking a rib in a car crash three weeks ago, converted a penalty kick in the 30th minute at Etihad Stadium.

That brought him level with Brook, who scored his goals for City from 1927-39.Aguero has made 262 appearances for City in all competitions to reach the record mark, compared to Brook's 493.

Aguero has 129 Premier League goals, third highest among active players - behind Wayne Rooney (201) and Jermain Defoe (159).Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane added second-half goals for City.