Scotland sweat over Bannan

Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan is a doubt for Scotland’s crucial Euro 2012 qualifier with Spain on Tuesday, as he picked up an achilles injury in the 1-0 defeat to Liechtenstein on Saturday.

The result moved Craig Levein’s men into second place in Group I, and are now on the verge of making the playoffs.

With a difficult trip to face the world champions to negotiate, the Scots sit a point above Czech Republic, who travel to face Lithuania on Tuesday also.

With veteran striker Kenny Miller already a doubt for the game, Levein has revealed Bannan may also be forced to watch from the sidelines.

“Barry Bannan has a gash on his heel and he was uncomfortable this morning, it is a really awkward area,” the coach told Sky Sports.

“The doctor had to put some glue on it to hold it together. He is doubtful, but it is very soon after the game to get a clear picture of who is going to be available or not.”

Levein went on to state that there are a number of injury concerns for the fixture, as the Tartan Army are down to their bare bones.

“Craig Mackail-Smith’s back is bothering him a bit – and he has a history of that. There are quite a few niggles but we will get a clearer picture [closer to the game].

“I haven’t had the opportunity to speak to Kenny or the doctor but he is another who is in the wait-and-see category,” he concluded.

With such a difficult fixture to face, Scotland will be hoping Lithuania can do them a favour and get a result against Czech Republic.

By Gareth McKnight