Will Kieran Tierney be fit for Scotland vs England? Tierney and Steve Clarke give injury update

Scotland are desperately hoping that star defender Kieran Tierney will be fit to play against England on Friday – but it’s ‘touch and go’.

Kieran Tierney of Scotland missed out against Czech Republic but hopes to be fit to play against England.
Kieran Tierney of Scotland missed out against Czech Republic but hopes to be fit to play against England.

Scotland will monitor Kieran Tierney’s fitness ‘day by day’ with Steve Clarke admitting it could be a late call over the key defender’s fitness.

The Arsenal defender is the main injury worry for the Tartan Army ahead of the big game at Wembley.

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England take on Scotland in Group D at Euro 2020 on Friday 18 June

At a glance: 5 key points

- Scotland need to get at least a draw out of the game after their opening Group D defeat against Czech Republic

- Tierney has been training with a reduced workload after picking up a calf strain

- Tierney rates his own chances as “50/50” and says he has been wearing medical tights to try and help his rehab

- Liam Cooper is likely to retain his place as a left-sided centre-half if Tierney isn’t fit

- England have their own centre-half dilemma, with Harry Maguire back in training and saying he’s ready to play if required

What’s been said

"It's touch and go. A decision will probably be made Thursday afternoon or even on Friday before the game."

Steve Clarke, Scotland head coach

“The pain itself probably wouldn’t stop you playing. It’s just if you played on it it could get a lot, lot worse and you could be out for a lengthy time. You can’t risk it, not with calves.”

Kieran Tierney

“KT is a fantastic player. He overlaps me and sometimes he’s the furthest forward. He just wasn’t right and didn’t make it. It’s day-by-day unfortunately. He’s giving himself every possible chance to play.

“It’s important he doesn’t take any risks and hopefully he’s ready for Friday.”

Andy Robertson, Scotland captain

Background

Tierney missed Scotland’s Euro 2020 opener against Czech Republic on Monday with a calf strain.

The Arsenal man’s quality both in defence and in attack was sorely missed by the Tartan Army as they watched their team fall to a 2-0 defeat to get their Group D campaign off to a poor start.

England, meanwhile, got off to a winning start by beating Croatia 1-0.