Scotland have been dealt a blow ahead of the upcoming crunch World cup qualifiers against Moldova and Denmark after Grant Hanley was ruled out through injury.

The Norwich City defender was named in Steve Clarke’s squad for the double-header alongside club-mate Billy Gilmour but manager Daniel Farke revealed this afternoon that he is set to face a few weeks on the sidelines.

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Scotland’s Grant Hanley in action against Denmark earlier in the qualifying campaign for next year’s World Cup finals in Qatar. (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Hanley came off in the final stages of the Canaries’ Premier League clash with Leeds and manager Steve Clarke will likely name a replacement ahead of his squad meeting up next week.

Speaking ahead of his side’s game against Brentford, Farke confirmed the groin injury Hanley sustained will keep him out of action for “two to three weeks” and confirming he won’t be available for Scotland.

“Grant is not available and will miss the games for Scotland, out for two to three weeks,” the Norwich boss said.

Steve Clarke is already waiting to see whether Kieran Tierney will make the trip to Moldova next week as Scotland look to book their place in the World Cup playoffs.

A win next Friday would be enough to seal second place in the group and would set up and would face two one-legged ties to make it to the World Cup finals in Qatar next winter.

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