Scotland and Liverpool star Andy Robertson has moved to explain why he’s sitting out his nation’s upcoming fixtures with Cyprus and Kazakhstan.
The Scots captain joins a host of big names including Scott McTominay and Ryan Fraser in dropping out of Steve Clarke’s latest squad.
In what will be a worrying update for some, Robertson says a reoccurring ankle injury could ‘ruin’ his season if he doesn’t allow himself time to rest.
He told the Daily Record: “It’s a big disappointment for me. I don’t care what game it is, I want to play it and my track record in the last five years has shown that. But I don’t want to pick up more injuries and ruin my season because of it.
“The call has been made and it has been taken out of my hands. It hurts as captain to miss out but I’ve had to be selfish for the first time in my career and let my body rest. I’ve had to listen to the people around me when previously I would have told them to beat it.
“The fact my ankle has swollen up again has made it easier to miss these games. For the last two and a half weeks I’ve not trained at all for Liverpool. I’ve trained the day before a game, missed a Champions League game other than the last 15 minutes against Genk and missed Arsenal in the League Cup.”
Scotland captain Robertson needs to heal his injury
If the captain was ever going to miss two Scotland games, it’s just as well it’s these two meaningless fixtures. It’s better than him aggravating it and causing himself serious damage further down the line.
It does leave Scotland a bit short on options at left-back though this month. After Arsenal decided to hold Kieran Tierney back, Greg Taylor has been left as the only choice.
Robertson will stay with the camp until they fly out to Cyprus later in the week. He will then return to Liverpool for a gruelling schedule, which includes 12 games before the start of 2020.
Whilst he’ll be disappointed to be missing these games, Robertson can’t afford to do himself harm in what could be a potentially special season.