Norwich City’s Kenny McLean is the latest star to drop out of the Scotland squad for matches against Russia and San Marino.
He has returned to Carrow Road after failing to overcome a minor problem in time to face Russia in Moscow this evening.
Speaking about the Canaries midfielder, Scotland manager Steve Clarke says it’s disappointing to lose McLean at this stage.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s always disappointing when you lose players from the squad and overnight we have lost Kenny McLean as well.
“It’s another blow but a great chance for someone else. It’s part and parcel of international football.”
McLean departure seems like a precaution
If it’s only a minor injury, the chances are that McLean may have been able to play through the pain barrier in Moscow tonight.
For club and country though, that’s not worth the risk. If the midfielder did play through the knock before then suffering a serious injury with Scotland, questions would have been asked about how the player was managed.
Clarke’s taking no risks so McLean will head back to Carrow Road for treatment. He is the second Norwich player to withdraw from the Scotland squad with injury after Grant Hanley dropped out earlier this week.
Hopefully McLean’s injury is just a minor one and he can return to action when Norwich play Bournemouth in eight days time.