Scotland assistant Steven Reid has commented on the loss of Newcastle United star Ryan Fraser through injury.
The winger was a key attacker for Scotland last month as they made their way into the Euro 2020 play-off final. But the Newcastle United man won’t get the chance to make history in Serbia.
Steve Clarke’s side travels to Belgrade for a Euro 2020 play-off final, victory enough to ensure a spot at next summer’s major tournament and Scotland’s first in 22 years. Fraser has been forced to pull out the squad.
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce confirmed last week that the attacker has picked up a small hamstring tear.
Reid has also confirmed that on top of Fraser, Scotland have lost Grant Hanley to injury. Clarke’s assistant has provided an update on both, saying the loss of Newcastle’s Scotsman is a sore one.
“Ryan and Grant Hanley at the moment are struggling,” said Reid at his press conference. “It’s disappointing. Grant has missed a little bit of football and unfortunately is not going to be with us, and Ryan as well.
“He performed really well in the past camp so that is a blow but we have got strength in depth.
“We have obviously bigger numbers than usual in the squad and feel as if we have a squad which is capable of competing well at our strongest in the Serbia game and going into the two Nations League games after.”