Charlie Adam out of Tuesday qualifier

BY foxsports • September 4, 2011

Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adama has been ruled out of Scotland's Tuesday Euro 2012 qualifying match against Lithuania.

The former Rangers and Blackpool player was forced off with 10 minutes left in Saturday's clash with the Czech Republic at Hampden because of a hip injury.

That made him doubtful for Tuesday's Hampden clash with Lithuania. The Scottish Football Association have now confirmed on their Twitter page that the 25-year-old would miss the game, posting "Charlie Adam definitely out".

His absence further depletes Craig Levein's squad, which has been savaged by injury and suspensions.

Levein has also lost the services of Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith, who pulled out with a back injury.

Mackail-Smith has returned to his club after not being fit enough for a place on the bench during Saturday's 2-2 draw against the Czechs in Glasgow.

First-choice striker Kenny Miller is suspended after being booked against the Czechs.

Levein is also missing midfielder Scott Brown through suspension but full-back Steven Whittaker returns after a ban.

Levein has recalled Blackburn defender Grant Hanley to his squad after he recovered from the tonsillitis which had seen him sent home.

Phil Bardsley looks set to recover from the calf problem that forced him off in the 75th minute on Saturday, before the Czechs scored their first equaliser.

Levein has just two realistic options for the lone striker role against Lithuania - David Goodwillie and Steven Naismith.

Blackburn striker Goodwillie was an unused substitute on Saturday and his only international appearance came as a 76th-minute replacement in the friendly win over the Faroe Islands last year.

Naismith played in midfield at the weekend but was short of his best after taking painkillers to overcome a hip problem. However the Rangers player has ample experience of playing up front at club level.

The likes of Barry Robson, James Forrest, Graham Dorrans and Robert Snodgrass could come in to bolster Levein's attacking options from midfield with Adam out and if Naismith is moved forward.

Levein must also assess the fitness of Alan Hutton and Darren Fletcher after their opening first-team games of the season, although the latter has declared himself ready to face Lithuania.


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