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Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney is left out of Scotland World Cup play-off squad after knee surgery

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney is left out of Scotland’s World Cup play-off squad after knee surgery, but Nathan Patterson and Billy Gilmour are included in Steve Clarke’s squad ahead of the semi-final against Ukraine.

  • Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney left out of Steve Clarke’s 28-man squad
  • The 24-year-old left-back underwent knee surgery in early April.
  • Nathan Patterson and Billy Gilmour are included despite their recent injuries
  • John Souttar and Liam Cooper return to the team after a spell on the sidelines
  • Aaron Hickey and Ross Stewart retain their posts after their first call-up

Kieran Tierney will miss Scotland’s World Cup play-off programme, but Nathan Patterson has been included in Steve Clarke’s 28-man squad despite recent surgery.

Arsenal defender Tierney was booked for knee surgery in early April after experiencing discomfort in a training session and will not return to Scotland’s June schedule.

But Everton right-back Patterson has been included following ankle surgery around the same time. Toffees boss Frank Lampard had estimated an eight to 10-week absence for the former Rangers man.

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney to miss Scotland's World Cup play-off schedule

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney to miss Scotland’s World Cup play-off schedule

But Everton right-back Nathan Patterson (right) has been included following ankle surgery.

But Everton right-back Nathan Patterson (right) has been included following ankle surgery.

Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is also selected after missing the final game of his loan spell at Norwich with a minor injury.

Center backs John Souttar and Liam Cooper are back in the squad from injury, while Bologna full-back Aaron Hickey and Sunderland forward Ross Stewart retain their places after their first call-ups in March.

Scotland host Ukraine on June 1 in a delayed World Cup play-off semi-final, with Wales awaiting the winners four days later.

Clarke’s side also have two games against Armenia on both sides of a trip to Dublin to take on the Republic of Ireland in their opening UEFA Nations League fixtures.

Billy Gilmour (left) also retained his spot despite missing the final game of the season.

Billy Gilmour (left) also retained his spot despite missing the final game of the season.

Hearts centre-back Souttar returned from ankle surgery in his club’s final two games of the season against Rangers, whom he will join in the coming weeks. The former Dundee United man scored in Scotland’s final World Cup group stage game against Denmark in November.

Cooper missed four months of the season with a hamstring injury, but played six games in the run-up as Leeds retained their Premier League status.

Both he and Nottingham Forest’s Scott McKenna are natural left-sided alternatives to Tierney in Clarke’s back three.

Clarke has named four goalkeepers: Craig Gordon, David Marshall, Liam Kelly and Zander Clark.

Liam Cooper (centre) played six games in the run-up as Leeds retained their league status

Liam Cooper (centre) played six games in the run-up as Leeds retained their league status

Stephen O’Donnell and Anthony Ralston, as well as left-back Hickey, are options for the right-back job if Patterson isn’t ready for the game against Ukraine.

Celtic midfielder David Turnbull returns after missing the opening months of 2022 with a hamstring injury.

Stewart, who scored his 26th goal of the season in the Sky Bet League One play-off final, will cover alongside Jacob Brown main strikers Che Adams and Lyndon Dykes.

There is no place for Ryan Fraser, who was left out of the squad in March after withdrawing from the final World Cup qualifiers but trained with new Newcastle boss Eddie Howe days later.

Clarke has vowed to pick him fit in the future but is absent after missing Newcastle’s final Premier League game with a hamstring injury.

THE COMPLETE STEVE CLARKE ROSTER

goalkeepers: Zander Clark (St Johnstone), Craig Gordon (Heart of Midlothian), Liam Kelly (Motherwell), David Marshall (Hibernian)

Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds United), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Jack Hendry (Brugge), Aaron Hickey (Bologna), Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest), Stephen O’Donnell (Motherwell), Nathan Patterson (Everton), Anthony Ralston ( Celtic), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), John Souttar (Rangers), Greg Taylor (Celtic)

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen), Billy Gilmour (Chelsea), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), David Turnbull (Celtic)

Forward: Che Adams (Southampton), Jacob Brown (Stoke City), Ryan Christie (Bournemouth), Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers), Ross Stewart (Sunderland)

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