Tuesday, 6th October 2009
Scottish players pull out of Japan friendly
A number of players from the Scottish international squad have pulled out of an upcoming match against Japan.
So far, four players have pulled out of the Tokyo match, which is part of the Kirin Challenge Cup.
Danny Fox, who plays for Celtic and used to play for the England under-21s, is out, as is Queens Park Rangers' midfielder Kevin Thomson, Birmingham City striker Garry O'Connor and Leeds United's Robert Snodgrass, all through injury.
This was the first match that Fox had been called up for since he switched his allegiances from England to Scotland.
Since the players pulled out, Hearts player Lee Wallace has been called up, as has been Lee Miller, who currently plays for Aberdeen.
However, there could be more team withdrawals to come for George Burley, as midfielder Scott Brown is due to visit a specialist over an ongoing ankle injury and could also be forced to pull out.
Celtic has said that it does not want Brown to travel to Japan and would prefer him to rest his leg.
Written by Kimberley Homer.