Scotland squad for Euro 2024: Steve Clarke considers options after injury to striker Lyndon Dykes | football news

Scotland manager Steve Clarke is considering “all options” after losing “crucial” striker Lyndon Dykes to injury.

Dykes was stretchered off during training on Friday and has since been ruled out for Euro 2024 less than two weeks before Scotland open the tournament against hosts Germany on June 14.

The QPR striker has scored nine goals in 36 internationals and has often been the focal point of Clarke’s attack.

The setback leaves Scotland with only Che Adams and Laura Shankland as recognized center forwards in their 27-player squad, which is due to be reduced to 26 after their final warm-up match against Finland on Friday night.

Che Adams and Lyndon Dykes have played in most of Scotland’s matches.

In his pre-match press conference in Portugal, ahead of Monday’s friendly against Gibraltar, Clarke said: “I’ve given myself two or three days just to think about it.

“There is no comparable replacement for Lyndon because he brings his own qualities. I don’t really believe in like. Lyndon brings his qualities, obviously we don’t have them.

“I’ll take a look at what’s around, decide what to do with the equipment and we’ll go from there.”

Asked if he would call up another striker, Clarke replied: “That’s why I’m thinking about it.”

‘Dykes has been a fundamental player’

Dykes played in all eight of Scotland’s qualification matches, starting five of them and scoring one goal.

“We’re all really disappointed for Lyndon,” Clarke added. “The guys who were injured earlier will have a little more time to recover. Lyndon’s is right at the last minute before going to the tournament.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 30: Lyndon Dykes during a Scotland National Team training session at Lesser Hampden, on May 30, 2024, in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group)
Dykes has scored nine goals in 36 international matches and has often been the focal point of Scotland’s attack.

“And he’s been a good player for us, a fundamental player. One of the best phone conversations I’ve ever had was when I called him and gave him the option of coming to play for Scotland instead of Australia. Fortunately, he chose us.

“That was four years ago and I think the path the national team has followed since then has been mainly an upward trend.

“(I’m) grateful for what he’s done so far, sad he’s missing this tournament, but I hope to work with him again in the future.

“It was an ankle injury. There was no contact, just the way he landed, the way he fell. Unfortunately it happens. At the beginning of the session, Lyndon did a similar move and nothing happened. That’s just the way it is.

“You have to be quite resilient as a coach, manager and player and realize that things move forward, and that is what we have done.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 22: Scotland head coach Steve Clarke names his provisional squad for UEFA EURO 2024 at Hampden Park, on May 22, 2024, in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group)
Steve Clarke has named a provisional squad of 27 players

Clarke previously hinted he would look at Scotland U21s template if a late call is necessary.

that could put Tommy Conway in pole position as the Bristol City striker is with Scot Gemmill’s group ahead of the friendly in Turkey on Monday. The 21-year-old scored 12 goals for the Sky Bet Championship side last season.

Liverpool winger Ben Doak He has played a central attacking role in the Scotland Under-21 team, but the 18-year-old’s club campaign ended due to a knee injury in December and he is still finding his rhythm.

Clarke is also mulling other scenarios.

“Possibly, but not necessarily, that’s what I would do,” he said. “It’s something we think about all the time.

“We like to have a connection with the young Scottish team. I like to show that there is a path to the A team from the under-21s.

“But obviously you have to consider all the options and that’s what I will do.”

Scott McTominay will not play for Scotland against Gibraltar

Meanwhile, Stuart Armstrong, Scott McTominay and John Souttar He will not take part in Scotland on Monday night.

Manchester United midfielder McTominay came off just 25 minutes after coming on as a substitute in the FA Cup final over Manchester City last weekend.

Southampton’s Armstrong has not played since being inactive last month, while centre-back Souttar has missed Rangers’ final three games of the season.

Boss Clarke said: “Stuart Armstrong, Scott McTominay and John Souttar won’t be playing this game but I’m pretty sure they’ll all be fine for the next game.

“For me it’s an opportunity to get some minutes on the field for some players, maybe a lineup that’s a little unknown in terms of starting players.

“We still have one or two people returning from a long-term injury, so we are careful about managing minutes.

“It’s a balancing act to make sure we get a good performance and a good result.

“Some of them maybe didn’t get the minutes they wanted towards the end of the club season, so hopefully we can give them some to get them up to speed for the tournament itself.”

Greg Taylor and Scott McKenna have joined the team after some additional time off.

Scotland warm-up matches

Monday June 3: Gibraltar vs Scotland

Friday June 7: Scotland vs Finland

Scotland’s Euro 2024 group stage matches

Friday June 14 – Group A: Germany vs Scotland (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Wednesday June 19 – Group A: Scotland vs Switzerland (RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne)

Sunday June 23 – Group A: Scotland vs Hungary (MHPArena, Stuttgart)

The first two of each group plus the four best third-place finishers pass

Scotland’s possible path to the final and finishing as group winners…

If Scotland finishes as winners of Group A but all other Euro 2024 results go with world rankings, the Scots’ opponents in the knockout rounds would be…

Round of 16: Saturday, June 29 – Scotland vs Denmark (Westfalenstadion, Dortmund)

Quarterfinals: Friday, July 5 – Spain vs Scotland (MHPArena, Stuttgart)

Semifinal: Tuesday, July 9 – Scotland vs Holland; Kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Final: Sunday, July 14 – Scotland vs France; Start at 8:00 p.m. (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

Scotland’s possible path to the final and finishing as group runners-up…

If Scotland finish as runners-up in Group A but all other Euro 2024 results go with the world rankings, the Scots’ opponents in the knockout rounds would be…

Round of 16: Saturday June 29 – Scotland vs Italy (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

Quarterfinals: Saturday, July 6 – England vs Scotland (Merkur Spiel-Arena, Düsseldorf)

Semifinal: Wednesday, July 10 – France vs Scotland; Kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Final: Sunday, July 14 – Spain vs Scotland; start at 8:00 p.m. (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

Complete Euro 2024 groups…

  • Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland
  • B Group: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania
  • Group C: Slovenia, Denmark, Serbia, England
  • Group D: Poland/Wales/Finland/Estonia, Netherlands, Austria, France
  • Group E: Belgium, Slovakia, Romania, Israel/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Ukraine/Iceland
  • Group F: Türkiye, Georgia/Greece/Kazakhstan/Luxembourg, Portugal, Czech Republic

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