Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says it will ‘take a little bit’ for Scotland midfielder Stuart Armstrong to make a comeback from a calf problem.

Armstrong was named in Scotland head coach Steve Clarke’s squad this week for World Cup 2022 qualifying matches next month but has been forced to pull out. Hasenhuttl says Armstrong still has some work to do to get back playing.

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Stuart Armstrong has been struggling with injury recently. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

The Southampton manager said (DE): “He is still not back on the pitch with the team, so it will take a little bit I think.”

Meanwhile, Clarke has explained why he’s signed a new Scotland deal until 2024: “It is obviously nice when your bosses think you’ve done a decent job and they give you a little extension so it was nice to get that one put away. It was relatively straightforward and it wasn’t contract talks as such. It was did I want to extend?

“Did my bosses want to extend? It took me a little while to get to grips with the different aspects of the national job. Recently I have enjoyed it if it is ever possible to enjoy the job. I have enjoyed it, it is a good challenge and it takes me out my comfort zone a little bit at times which is good.”

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