Date: 3rd September 2009 at 5:40pm
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Scotland need maximum points from their next two games to retain hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

They play against Macedonia on Saturday and the Netherlands next Wednesday night with both matches being played at Hampden Park.

Three Clarets players were originally named in George Burley’s squad,Steven Fletcher, Graham Alexander and Steven Caldwell but as expected that has now been reduced to two following confirmation that Caldwell has been ruled out with a groin injury,

The centre back withdrew from the squad after reporting to Scotland’s medical staff on Monday.

In a way this is probably good news for Clarets fans with Owen Coyle now hoping Caldwell will be able to resume training next Monday. The fear was that Caldwell might have been risked for the Scotland games potentially decreasing his chances of being fully fit for the Clarets.

Caldwell has not featured for the Clarets this season after picking up a groin strain in Scotland’s previous qualifier against Norway in Oslo which was played contoversially during the week before the Premier League season kicked off.

Norway handed out a 4-0 drubbing to the Scots with Celtic defender,Gary Caldwell,Steven’s brother being sent-off in the same match.

It was bad night all round for the Caldwell’s with Steven picking up a yellow card as well as the groin injury!

George Burley now has a major headache in the centre of defence with the suspended Gary and injured Steven both unavailable, so much so in fact he has now had to bring in 39 year old veteran stalwart defender, David Weir from Rangers.

Oh well, that’s not really our problem and with Bikey on International duty for Cameroon, Coyle will be hoping both centre halves will be fully fit and available in time for our next game away to Liverpool on Saturday 12th September.


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