Kieran Tierney is fit enough to start for Scotland against England at Wembley tomorrow night, manager Steve Clarke has said.
The Arsenal defender missed Monday afternoon’s 2-0 defeat to Czech Republic at Hampden Park because of a calf injury picked up in training two days’ previous.
Clarke said at the time that he was hopeful of getting one of his star players back in time for the crunch Group D clash but warned supporters “not to get too excited.”
But Tierney has taken a full part in training in the past two days and is now expected to feature on the left of a back three.
“Fit and available,” Clarke said when asked for a fitness update. “It’s good news for Kieran, for us and for Scottish supporters. Hopefully we can back it up with a good result.”
Then asked if the 24-year-old is capable of lasting a full 90 minutes Clarke added: “He’s trained fully in the past two days and available for the whole game.”
Speaking on Thursday, Tierney spoke of his disappointment at missing out on Scotland’s first men’s tournament game since 1998 and was non-committal about his availability for Friday night’s fixture.
His absence altered Scotland’s game plan significantly as they missed his ability to step into midfield and offer support to the Liverpool wing-back and captain Andrew Robertson.
“I was gutted, I was so down,” the former Celtic man said. “I stayed back and did rehab work. I was just so flat that day. I stayed back here trying to get fit for Friday and it was the longest day. It was a horrible day.
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“Watching the anthem was amazing but what I was feeling inside was terrible. I wanted to be there so much. I wanted to help the boys out, wanted them to do so well and not being able to help was hard to take. I was just in my room. I had to do rehab all day and took an hour or two off just to watch the game.
“The pain itself probably wouldn’t stop you playing. It’s if you played on it, it could get a lot, lot worse and you could get out for a lengthy time. You can’t risk it, not with calves.”