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Another three of our players could be in action over the International break as Scotland face Japan in a friendly this Saturday and the Under 21 play Belarus in a UEFA Under 21 Championship qualifier.

Scotland manager, George Burley could be tearing his hair out at the moment after ten of his players in his original squad have pulled out due to injury. They had a training session this week in preparation for their trip to Japan and could only muster a five-a-side match with just ten players in the squad turning up. The Scots have a friendly on Saturday against the men from the land of the rising sun and it will be interesting to see now what sort of makeshift team, Burley puts out.

So how has all this affected our Scotland players? Not a lot really, both Graham Alexander and Steven Caldwell were not named in the original squad. Only Steven Fletcher could be practicing how to use chop sticks and eat raw fish at the moment.

Burley has called up reinforcements in light of their injury list but it looks like both Grezza and Captain Caldwell will be having a rest over the international break.

Two Clarets though who will potentially be in action over the weekend are Kevin McDonald and Brian Easton. Both have been called up by Billy Stark for their crucial UEFA Under 21 Championship qualifying match against Belarus this Saturday at St Mirren Park. Scotland are currently 3rd in the table behind Austria and league leaders, Belarus. All three national sides have six points but Scotland and Austria have played a game more.

Vital Burnley have already announced also that Andre Bikey will be another Claret on international duty. First of all he is in Cameroon squad for the World Cup qualifing game at home to Togo in Yaounde on October 10. Cameroon then have a friendly against Angola in Portugal on October 14 with Bikey once more expected to take a part.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 7 2009

Time: 9:59AM

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10 Scotland injuries? I smell a rat or is it raw fish?
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07/10/2009 10:04:00

Lets just hope any that are called up and play come back injury free as we have the biggest away game of the season coming up
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07/10/2009 10:18:00

Anyone know whether it's possible to watch the Scotland U-21 on telly or the net? Don't think I'll be worrying about Ukraine v England for 4.95+. Portugal v Hungary and Russia v Germany could be interesting though. And, having just spent time with Swiss and as well as German and Portuguese folk, I note that Luxembourg have beaten Switzerland in Bern; can they do it again at home? Will probably spend the day resting up for next weekend, with Gillette Soccer Saturday on in the background and the England game on 5Live.
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07/10/2009 10:53:00

Im so pleased Grezza and Caldwell are not in contention I bet Steve aint too disappointed either.
Grimsby Claret
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07/10/2009 13:13:00

Just cant see the point of this Japan friendly when we are in the middle of a Premier League season. Irresponsible if you ask me since it could lead to injuries. Fairly clear to me those ten injuries are probably not that bad and more an excuse not to bother after pressure from their club managers
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