GORDON Strachan has added Motherwell defender Steve Hammell to his Scotland squad after revealing that Lee Wallace is struggling with a knee injury ahead of Tuesday night’s match against Croatia.
The Rangers full-back had been fancied to start the final World Cup qualifier, but a pre-existing problem flared up in training.
“Lee Wallace is not great. And we are obviously not going to take a chance with him,” said Strachan following yesterday’s training session at Hampden. He will stay with the squad but is unlikely to feature.
“We haven’t picked the team yet and he had a chance, but it is his knee. He came to us with a wee bit of a problem, but it had got better.”
In a bid to protect him, while others underwent double training sessions on Thursday and Friday, Wallace was allowed to sit out Friday’s morning session. “We were looking after him, but it stiffened up the longer the night went on and it is stiff this morning. We have not got adequate cover on the defensive side so we had to call someone up.”
The manager considered promoting Andrew Robertson after the Dundee United youngster impressed in the U-21s but opted for the greater experience of Hammell who earned his one full cap in a 2004 friendly against Sweden. He was part of Strachan’s squad for the World Cup qualifier against Croatia in Zagreb back in June.