Kieran Tierney is a major doubt for Scotland’s critical Euro 2020 clash with England as Steve Clarke admits it is ‘unlikely he will take part in a full session on Wednesday’ despite managing some light training in Middlesbrough
- Kieran Tierney is a major doubt for Scotland’s Euro 2020 clash with England
- The Arsenal defender has already missed their 2-0 defeat to Czech Republic
- Tierney picked up a calf injury 48 hours before kick-off on Monday afternoon
- He did some light training Scotland’s Middlesbrough training base on Tuesday
- But, Steve Clarke says he is unlikely to take part in a full session on Wednesday
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
Kieran Tierney is a major doubt for Scotland’s critical Euro 2020 clash with England at Wembley.
The Arsenal defender missed Monday’s 2-0 defeat to Czech Republic after picking up a calf injury 48 hours before kick-off.
And while the Gunners star managed some light training at Scotland’s Middlesbrough training base on Tuesday, boss Steve Clarke admits he is unlikely to take part in a full session on Wednesday and remains touch and go for Friday’s with the Auld Enemy.
Kieran Tierney is a major doubt for Scotland’s Euro 2020 clash with England at Wembley
The Scotland manager will give the 24-year-old every opportunity to prove his fitness, but insists he won’t take any risks, saying: ‘You can’t play with a calf injury.
‘He is back light training, but that is a big difference to normal training.
‘I wouldn’t think Kieran will train tomorrow. I can’t tell if he is going to be okay, that is the honest answer.’
Signed by Arsenal from Celtic for £25million, Tierney has emerged as a player of growing influence both in defence and attack.
The Arsenal defender already missed out on their opening game against the Czech Republic
Tierney picked up a calf injury 48 hours before kick-off on Monday afternoon, ruling him out
Admitting his late withdrawal proved a huge disruption to the preparations for Scotland’s first game at a major finals in 23 years, Clarke added: ‘I knew there was an issue 48 hours before the game.
‘You are hoping when he wakes up the next day he will be okay and you can tell he has a chance.
‘You can tell how close he was because he was back in light training on Tuesday morning.
‘It was one of them. If you have a calf injury it can be a bit of a bugger. It is just a little niggle.
‘We’ll now just need to see how it develops and see how he does. And then decide from there.’
With 3-5-2 the formation best suited to shoehorning both Tierney and Andy Robertson into the team, Sportsmail columnist and former Scotland international Kris Commons queried the decision to stick with the same shape in his absence.
The defender did some light training Scotland’s Middlesbrough training base on Tuesday
But, Steve Clarke says he is unlikely to take part in a full session on Wednesday (file photo)
Insisting a back three was still the right decision, Clarke responded: ‘Kieran was out but Grant Hanley is the captain of Norwich, Liam Cooper is the captain of Leeds and Jack Hendry has had a fantastic season in Belgium and quite a few clubs want to sign him.
‘I don’t think the back three was a big problem for us on Monday.
‘The system has worked well for us. When we beat Czech Republic last October Andrew Considine was left centre back and it was the same when we beat Slovakia.
‘It is a system that has worked well for us. I wouldn’t understand any clamour to change the system.
‘You certainly can’t change the system 48 hours before a game, especially after you have worked on it for so long.
‘The preparation work was all done through the games and it was only against Luxembourg where we went for four at the back to see if we could get a second goal. We didn’t get it.
‘It is a system that has worked well for us and let’s not just give up because we have lost a game.’
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