Scotland manager Steve Clarke admits he ‘can’t tell’ whether Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney will be fit enough to face England at Wembley on Friday.

The Arsenal full-back is integral to Clarke’s Scotland plans on the left-hand side of his 3-5-2 system. But he was a shock omission on Monday as Scotland lost 2-0 in their opening game of Euro 2020 against Czech Republic, the nation now needing positive results versus England and 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia to reach the knockout stages.

Vital Arsenal ace.

Vital Arsenal ace. (Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Clarke admits Tierney might not make the vital Wembley battle: “Kieran did some light training on Tuesday — but that’s a big difference to normal training. I wouldn’t think he will train on Wednesday. I can’t tell if he is going to be ok, that is the honest answer. We’ll now just need to see how it develops and see how he does.

“We decide from there. I knew there was an issue 48 hours before the game. You’re hoping when he wakes up he will be ok. And you can tell how close he was to making it because he was back in light training on Tuesday. But it was one of them — if you’ve a calf injury it can be a bit of a bugger! You can’t play with a calf injury.”

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