Murty misses out for Scotland
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Graeme Murty has pulled out of the Scotland squad for next week's Euro 2008 qualifiers.
Reading defender Graeme Murty has pulled out of the Scotland squad for next week's Euro 2008 qualifiers.
Murty is struggling with a hamstring problem and he was forced to miss his side's victory at West Ham on Sunday.
The full back will now miss next Saturday's tie with France and the game with Ukraine four days later.
Scotland boss Walter Smith is also sweating over the fitness of defensive duo Russell Anderson and Kevin McNaughton.
The pair are struggling to shake off knocks to make the squad for the Hampden Park showdown and the trip to Kiev.
Anderson was forced to limp off during Aberdeen's 1-0 defeat at Rangers with a hip injury and it looks like he will miss out for Scotland.
Cardiff full back McNaughton is doubtful after picking up a knock in the 4-0 win over Cardiff on Saturday.
"I have heard nothing from Cardiff's medical people about Kevin so I'm working on the assumption he must be coming to join the squad on Tuesday," Smith told the Daily Record.
"I don't know for certain yet whether Anderson will have to be withdrawn from consideration against France but there has to be a worry when he is forced to go off.
"It's disappointing to lose anyone at any stage but if Russell does have to drop out that will leave us two defenders short."
Better news on the injury front for Smith is that West Brom midfielder Nigel Quashie has declared to win his battle to be fit.
Quashie has been struggling with an ankle injury which forced him to miss the weekend win over Leeds.
The tough-tackling midfielder is confident he will be ready to face France.
"I am optimistic I will be available. I certainly don't want to miss this game and I will do everything I can to make sure I play," said Quashie.