New Zealand's Tim Brown poses prior a friendly international football match against Mexico at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California on March 3, 2010. Mexico won 2-0. AFP PHOTO GABRIEL BOUYS ((GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) )

New Zealand vice-captain Tim Brown will rejoin his teammates at the World Cup in South Africa after making a "remarkable" recovery from surgery on his broken shoulder, the team announced Wednesday.

Midfielder Brown fractured his shoulder during New Zealand's Cup warmup match against Australia at Melbourne on May 24. He underwent surgery in Auckland days later and was cleared by medical staff Wednesday to join New Zealand's 23-man squad at its base near Johannesburg.

A New Zealand team spokesman said Brown had made a "remarkable recovery" in the two weeks since his injury and operation.

New Zealand plays its first group match against Slovakia next Tuesday.

"We're thankful for the surgeon and the medical staff that looked after him for doing a tremendous job," New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert said in a statement. "He has apparently come through everything so well."