Pressley fit for Scots
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steven Pressley has declared himself fit to face Belarus and Slovenia.Steven Pressley has declared himself fit to face Belarus and Slovenia this week.
The Hearts captain has undergone acupuncture in a bid to recover from a dead leg he picked up last weekend against Falkirk.
Pressley was determined to be fit to play for Scotland in the crucial World Cup qualifiers and he believes the acupuncture with Hearts physio Oliver Finlay has done the trick.
"Oliver's a great believer in acupuncture and I've had a couple of sessions to treat injuries before," Pressley told the Daily Record.
"I had another course after the Falkirk game and there has been definite improvement in the injury over the last couple of days.
"I picked up a knock on the side of my thigh at Falkirk and it made for a really uncomfortable 25 minutes until the end of the match.
"But now I'm fine and ready to join the squad. It may be Thursday before I'm ready to train with the lads but I'm confident I'll be okay by the weekend."
Meanwhile, Lee McCulloch is ready to play through the pain barrier for Scotland.
The Wigan midfielder has been struggling with a knee problem all season, but he is willing to undergo pain-killing injections to be available for Walter Smith.
"I feel fine now and I'm available to play although my knee has been a hindrance since the start of the season," said McCulloch.
"I'll need to speak to the doctors and the manager about the possibility of taking an injection. I'd love to be involved."