England v Scotland: Strachan waits on injury update

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan. Picture: Robert Perry
Scotland boss Gordon Strachan. Picture: Robert Perry
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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will learn later today how many of his players have emerged unscathed from their weekend matches ahead of Wednesday night’s clash against England at Wembley.

As the squad assembled yesterday, the SFA announced that they would wait until this morning before assessing the players and issuing an injury update.

However, one player already ruled out of the match, which is being played as part of the Football Association’s 150th anniversarty celebrations, is Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt, who missed his club’s 2-1 home defeat by Derby County on Saturday due to a groin injury.

Brighton manager Oscar Garcia said: “He’s injured and I don’t know how long for. He cannot go for the Scotland game. I want him available for next Saturday, so we will have to monitor every day until then.”

Fitness aside, morale will not be a problem for Leigh Griffiths, who opened his scoring account for Wolves by striking twice in their 4-0 victory over Gillingham at Molineux on Saturday.

The striker was in sparkling form and hopes that his display was enough to clinch a starting place against England.

“Hopefully, Mr Strachan was here to see me score,” said Griffiths. “If not, then he will know that I have scored two goals and hopefully I am in the team. But if not, I am hoping to play a part.

“Scotland versus England games don’t come around too often, but when they do they are always special.”

Kenny Miller was also on target with a spectacular goal – his seventh of the season – in Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2-0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes.

Their Thurso-born manager, Martin Rennie, said: “Hopefully, Kenny will now get a hat-trick and Scotland beat England in midweek. “He played well against Earthquakes and caused them a lot of problems with his pace.”