Kieran Tierney to miss training ahead of England clash

Kieran Tierney to miss training ahead of England clash

Kieran Tierney will miss Scotland's training session today due to a calf injury that forced him to miss the Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic.

He is a significant worry for the encounter against England. Following the defeat to the Czechs at Hampden on Monday afternoon, members of the Tartan Army were given a tremendous boost yesterday when Tierney was spotted running with the national squad at their training ground.

The Arsenal defender, who has been brilliant for his country at left centre half this season, is expected to be available for selection for the Group D match at Wembley on Friday night, according to manager Steve Clarke.

However, the £25 million player only did a brief session yesterday and is unlikely to do any more work today at Middlesbrough's training complex.

Clarke admitted that he is still undecided whether the 24-year-old would play in the eagerly-awaited match against Gareth Southgate's side in London.

“He is back light training that is a big difference to normal training,” he said. “I wouldn’t think Kieran will train tomorrow. I can’t tell if he is going to be okay, that is the honest answer. We’ll now just need to see how it develops and see how he does. And then decide from there.”

The former Celtic star was anxious to play against the Czechs, but his injuries prevented him from doing so, according to Clarke.

“He wanted to play, like everybody wanted to play,” he said. “That tells you there was a problem. He couldn’t have played. You can’t play with a calf injury. 

“We have waited a long time for the tournament to come and to miss out is a bit of a blow. We are used to that, it was football. There were two others who were left out with him. John Fleck and Declan Gallagher, they also wanted to play. 

“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.