New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert could turn to the experience of defender Ivan Vicelich to plug the midfield in their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ opener.
A shoulder injury to Tim Brown - whose participation in the whole tournament could be in doubt - has created a problem for Herbert ahead of Tuesday's Group F clash against Slovakia in Rustenburg.
You are not going to lack experience (with Ivan) and that might be what we need in this game.
That could mean a chance for Auckland City veteran Vicelich, who started his career in central midfield but has lost his starting place in defence to Ipswich'sTommy Smith.
Herbert said: "You are not going to lack experience (with Ivan) and that might be what we need in this game - someone who is calm and patient on the ball.
"He is a strong influence in the team, along with Ryan (Nelsen) at the back. We have experience through the middle of the park and around those players there's a lot of energy."