Scotland boss Steve Clarke has been handed a boost as Nottingham Forest defender Scott McKenna returns from injury ahead of World Cup qualifying.

The centre-back has been out since January but Chris Hughton granted McKenna his return against Reading on Saturday in a 1-1 draw, playing 90 minutes and wearing the captain’s armband for the first time since arriving at Nottingham Forest from Aberdeen.

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Nottingham Forest skipper for the day. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

World Cup 2022 qualifying begins later this month for Scotland with games against Austria, Israel and Faroe Islands. McKenna is ‘delighted’ to be back and pleased to be shown the trust to become captain.

He said: “I was delighted to be captain. Of course me being the captain means that there are a couple of the boys missing, which isn’t ideal. But to be given that trust from the manager filled me with confidence.


“I have picked up a couple of injuries this season and I have missed far more games than I would have liked, but that is part of the life of being a professional footballer. I was back in training a couple of weeks ago and now have the opportunity to get back into the team.

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Competing again. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

“It is frustrating, it was just the way I landed. I went over on my ankle and I was out for six weeks. It is frustrating but that is what happens.

“Towards the end of the game I naturally started to fatigue a little bit as there is nothing you can do in training that matches a proper match against decent opposition. Hopefully I can build up some more minutes and start to get back to full fitness.”

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