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Scotland coach Clarke happy to count on Southampton midfielder Armstrong

Scotland manager Steve Clarke has explained naming Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong while he's injured.

Eyebrows were raised when he again selected him for his international squad, despite having not played a minute this season, potentially revealing something that Saints haven't yet.

He also picked fellow Scottish international and injured Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor, who is in a similar situation to the Saints star.

In what could be a big boost going into Chelsea, Clarke revealed: “Callum and Stuart are both training again.

“Hopefully, between now and us meeting up, they will get game time with their clubs. That's what I'm hoping for. We just have to wait and see how it develops.

“I will just let the medical staff deal with it. There might come a time when I need to speak to them directly to find out what the lie of the land is.

“But, like I said, I'm hopeful both will get minutes on the pitch before we meet up and then I don't need to have that conversation."

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