McManus doubtful for qualifier
Stephen McManus says he is unlikely to be fit for Scotland's next World Cup qualifier against Norway.
Last Updated: 12/06/09 9:10am
Celtic defender Stephen McManus has admitted he is unlikely to be fit for Scotland's next World Cup qualifier against Norway.
The 26-year-old stopper missed the end of last season after undergoing exploratory surgery on his knee in May.
McManus is not putting a concrete date on when he will return, although he hopes to be in training early in August.
Scotland tackle Norway on 12th August and McManus is not holding his breath that he will be fit for manager George Burley.
"I haven't set myself a timescale, but I won't be back for the start of pre-season, that's for sure," McManus confirmed.
"That's only three or four weeks away and I have quite a bit to go yet.
"The European qualifiers are going to be a wee bit tight and right now they are unlikely.
"The start of the season and Scotland games are two weeks into August so I should be training for them."