Andy Robertson says he pulled out of Scotland's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Kazakhstan due to long-term concerns over an ankle problem.
Robertson has defended his decision to feature for the national team revealing that he has been playing through injury in recent weeks and barely completing any training.
"It’s a big disappointment for me to miss out. I don’t care what game it is, I want to play and my track record in the last five years has shown that" he said.
"But for the last two and a half weeks, I’ve not trained at all for Liverpool. I’ve trained the day before a game, could only play the last 15 minutes against Genk in the Champions League and missed the Arsenal game in the League Cup."
"It’s a niggling injury which won’t go away unless I give it time. My ankle was already injured when a tackle from Rodri on me late in the game against Manchester City on Sunday opened it up again."
"I was already a doubt for Scotland but unfortunately that made it even worse. I don’t want to pick up more injuries and ruin my season because of it. The call has been made and it has been taken out of my hands. It hurts as captain to miss out. I know a lot has been said about these two games being meaningless but we don’t believe that."