Dundee United boss Micky Mellon has his ‘fingers crossed’ for Lawrence Shankland as the striker misses out on the Scotland squad for this month.

The international forward hasn’t been seen in Tangerine since the opening day of the season after picking up an ankle injury. Not thought to be a major issue at first, it has now kept him out of five Premiership matches.

Lawrence Shankland is having to miss the Scotland matches. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Steve Clarke still picked him for the upcoming Scotland matches with Israel and Czech Republic though. After missing Dundee United’s 4-0 defeat to Kilmarnock at the weekend, the forward has had to pull out.

Mellon has moved to explain the situation behind Shankland’s injury, saying it was an knock that had sprung out of the blue. The Tangerines boss has also provided a transfer update, saying nothing is close to being done at Tannadice just now.

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“Lawrence hasn’t improved to a point or a place where he was even close to being available (against Kilmarnock) so it wouldn’t have been fair to Dundee United or Scotland to have him involved,” said Mellon.

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Mellon’s provided an update. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Pool via Getty Images)

“There was no trauma, no moment where we could say there’s the injury, let us deal with that. It came out of nowhere really.

“Sometimes those injuries can disappear just as quick so fingers crossed.

“We’re working hard to try to do it but there’s nothing imminent. It’s difficult to get things over the line.

“I’m more concentrated on trying to get this group of players up to speed at a new level and understanding detail. Recruitment is ongoing all the time.”

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