Scotland and Sheffield United have been dealt a blow as John Fleck’s back injury has been confirmed as a bad one.

During international duty last week, the Sheffield United battler landed awkwardly on his back during a Nations League encounter with Slovakia.

Picked up a bad one. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images)

It ruled him out of the following clash with Czech Republic and he also missed Sheffield United’s return to Premier League action against Fulham, where they drew 1-1.

Steve Clarke’s side have a massive match next month. They will face Serbia for a place in next summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, a victory enough to book the country’s return to major tournament football for the first time since 1998.

But it’s a challenge they may have to tackle without Fleck. Blades boss Chris Wilder has confirmed that the Scotsman has picked up a bad injury during his Slovakia fall, keeping him out for 4-6 weeks.

Sore one. (Photo by DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images)

That could be enough to rule him out of Scotland contention next month. Whilst the national team do have depth in midfield with the likes of John McGinn to call upon, missing the Bramall Lane man will be a blow.

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