Steve Clark was left to asses his first eleven today after the controversial midweek international friendlies on Wednesday 15th August. Many of the squad were away on international duty, much to the conern of the Premier Leagues managers as the English Premiership starts on Saturday 18th August.
James Morrison will be a problem as he hobbled off the pitch after the 27th minute over Australia. Clarke revealed ”
“He rolled his ankle slightly and until the doctor’s assess him I really can’t comment as to weather he’ll be available at the weekend or not. But he came off the pitch really quickly, which is good, and it’s good that Scotland got him off quickly because that gives him more time to recover.
After a mix up in communication, Shane Long announced to the manager that he would be fit to play and the statement regarding his fitness were misleading. “I got a text from Shane last night saying there was a communication mix-up. As far as I am aware, Shane will be fit for the weekend”.
Clarke was annoyed over the fact that his two first choice central defenders were played for the full 90 minutes in their games. Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson were played for the whole duration of their games against Finland and Brazil. The Baggies Boss expressed his dissapointment as they asked to perform at this standard before the Premier League starts, and that is it the International managers duty to look after the club players.
On the positive side, Romelu Lukaku had a brilliant game for Belgium as he scored the third in their 4-2 win over Holland. He came off the bench when the scores were level and scored 14 minutes after the substitution.
Other players who were on international duty were Chris Brunt who played for 45 minutes following concerns over a calf injury. Team-mate Gareth McAuley played for 90 minutes as Northern Ireland drew with Finland 3-3. Boaz Myhill was Wales’ chosen goalkeeper and played the whole 90 minutes as they lost to Bosnia 2-0. Zoltan Gera and Shane Long were unused substitutes in their games, and Garbiel Tamas played the second half for Romania as his side lost 4-3 to Slovenia.
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