Scotland head coach Steve Clarke has received a boost with news that Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay’s absence through injury is set to end this month (MEN).

The versatile Manchester United man had groin surgery before the international break, which ruled him out of three crucial World Cup 2022 qualifiers against Denmark, Moldova and Austria this month. He also missed Saturday’s English Premier League win against Newcastle United.

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Scotland’s McTominay is on the comeback trail. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

But reports have suggested McTominay’s return is close and a September return date has been penciled in. It means that McTominay will likely be fit for Scotland’s World Cup qualifiers next month. Clarke’s men currently sit second in qualification Group F after two key 1-0 wins over Moldova and Austria.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of the midfielder prior to Saturday’s win over Newcastle: “Scott has recovered very quickly from the operation. If he’s going to play or not, I’m not sure, but probably not, depending on who we’ve got available and who we can use.”

Scotland’s next match come at home – Hampden sold out for the match – against Israel. Victory in this fixture would mean that follow-up victories over minnows Faroe Islands and Moldova would secure a World Cup play-off spot. McTominay’s return to the fold would be a timely boost.

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