Matt Phillips and Phil Bardsley out of Scotland squad for Slovenia friendly

February 27th, 20123:17 pm @


Debutant call-up Phillips missed Blackpool’s 3-1 win over Bristol City on
Saturday, while Bardsley played for Sunderland in a 4-0 defeat by West Brom
but suffered the injury.

The England Under-20 international, who has lodged his change of allegiance
with Fifa, was taking part in a photo shoot for Scotland’s new away kit this
morning and will return to Blackpool before the rest of the squad fly to
Slovenia tomorrow.

Brown strained his groin during Celtic’s victory over Dunfermline last
Wednesday and missed the weekend defeat of Motherwell.

Meanwhile, all three of the players who played in the Carling Cup final have
confirmed they will join up with the squad.

Cardiff pair Don Cowie and Kenny Miller were on the losing side while
Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam claimed a winner’s medal despite missing a
penalty in the 3-2 shootout victory, which followed a 2-2 draw.

Houston revealed manager Craig Levein had spoken to Cardiff manager Malky
Mackay after the game.

“We spoke to big Malky last night and the guys are keen to come,”
Houston said. “Kenny Miller, at the age he is at (32), is still keen to

“They might not make this afternoon’s training session but they will do a
recovery session with the physios.”

Scotland Under-21 strikers Johnny Russell and Jordan Rhodes are
undergoing treatment ahead of Wednesday’s Uefa qualifier against Holland at
St Mirren Park.

Prolific Huddersfield striker Rhodes, who has scored six goals in as many
under-21 internationals, sat out training this morning with a dead leg.
Dundee United striker Russell has the same problem but not as bad.

Scotland Under-21 coach Billy Stark said: “We’ve got a couple of, maybe
concerns is too strong a word, a couple of dead legs in Jordan Rhodes and
Johnny Russell.

“Johnny managed to train this morning and we’ll see how he is before
going out this afternoon.

“Jordan is not quite there in terms of being able to train yet but
hopefully he’ll be OK.”

Stark earlier called up Inverness full-back Graeme Shinnie after Celtic player
Lewis Toshney pulled out with the groin injury that forced him out of loan
club Kilmarnock’s weekend defeat by Hibernian.

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