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Scotland boss Levein: Villa's Bannan will be back in squad soon

Scotland manager Craig Levein has made it clear that Barry Bannan will be back in the national team setup soon.

The talented Aston Villa midfielder was left out of Levein's squad for next week's friendly with Cyprus in Larnaca after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving last weekend but the Scotland boss insists he won't be out of the picture for too long.

"I don't want to make too much of it right now, I just want to explain why Barry isn't in the squad, the same as other guys haven't been in previously," he said.

"Barry will be back in the squad. He's a fantastic kid and a good player. He will probably be back in for our next game in February.

"With Barry having been suspended by his club, it's very difficult for me to include him in the group.

"In cases before, I looked at them on an individual basis.

"We're talking about something that is going to be put in place over a period of time.

"I don't want to go into too much detail because, as yet, we don't have too much detail. I'm just trying to stress that there is a responsibility for players who are included in the national team to act in a responsible manner."

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