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Scotland manager Steve Clarke revealed that Nathan Patterson is a major doubt for their World Cup playoff against Ukraine. Clarke is hopeful that he will be fit to feature at some point next month. Patterson has been included in the 28-man squad of the playoffs despite being sidelined since April. He is on the recovery trail after undergoing ankle surgery. Scotland plays Ukraine in a delayed semi-final with Wales lying in wait for the final.

“I think at some stage over the four, or hopefully five matches Nathan will be fit to play. His return to play is imminent and it will just come down to match fitness. I would put him down as doubtful for the Ukraine game,” Scotland boss Steve Clarke said about Nathan Patterson. “Probably for everybody just getting the news today it is a blow, but myself and my staff have known for a little while that Kieran won’t be ready for these games. It’s disappointing for Kieran and for us. Billy’s good. I’m disappointed for Kenny McLean, who has missed out again. He missed out on the Euros with an injury and he’s missed out again with a broken toe.”

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