manager Gordon Strachan is keeping his fingers crossed that his international players
return free from injury.
Strachans already slimmed down squad has been decimated by injuries already in
the last ten days and he cannot afford to lose any more.
Coventrys medical room has players queueing for treatment and already Noel
Whelan, Laurent Delorge and Paul Telfer face weeks of inactivity, with Runar Normann also
on the casualty list.
In addition David Burrows has had an operation on his toe while under suspension and
Youssef Chippo also faces suspension.
Strachan will be casting anxious eyes over the newspaper reports of matches involving
his international contingent this weekend hoping fervently that they all come through
Gary Breen and Robbie Keane have already played for the Republic of Ireland this week
in the 2-1 defeat of Yugoslavia and they are in action again tomorrow in Croatia. Barry
Quinn has also played for the Republics under-21 side.
Mo Konjic is in action for Bosnia against Scotland tomorrow in Sarajevo and Gavin
Strachan is in the Scotland under-21 team also against Bosnia.
Magnus Hedman keeps goal for Sweden against Bulgaria and the Moroccans Moustapha Hadji
and Youssef Chippo face Belgium.
An injury to any of them would give Strachan a major headache as he prepares his side
for the next match which is against Leeds United - Darren Huckerby and all - at Highfield
Road tomorrow week.
Meanwhile Whelan is under treatment for stretched ankle ligaments, Telfer for knee
ligament damage collected in Tuesdays reserve team match, Delorge for a knee injury
which will be examined by a specialist and Normann for a hamstring strain.
Burrows has one match to run of his three match ban and expects to be fit to return for
the Worthington Cup tie against First Division Tranmere Rovers, but Chippo will be
suspended for that game and scoring sensation Robbie Keane will miss it because he is