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Scots face McFadden injury blow

Striker James McFadden
McFadden has been a regular for Scotland in recent years

James McFadden is a major doubt for Scotland's World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands on 28 March after suffering medial ligament damage.

The Birmingham City striker, 25, limped off against Derby last month and could miss the trip to Amsterdam.

"Eight weeks is the target for James, but thankfully no surgery is required," Birmingham boss Alex McLeish told the club's website.

Scotland sit second in Group 9, with only one team assured of qualification.

McFadden has been a regular in the Scottish national side since Berti Vogts gave him his first cap against South Africa in 2002.

The striker has gone on to score 13 goals in 42 appearances for his country, but he was omitted from manager George Burley's 26-man squad for a gathering in St Andrews in February.

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On a more positive note, fellow Birmingham and Scotland striker O'Connor is ready to return to training after a groin operation.

The former Hibernian and Lokomotiv Moscow player has been out of action since the end of October, after damaging his groin in the warm-up before a Championship match against Queens Park Rangers.

"Garry is is back to a level where we could include him in some technical work," said McLeish.

"The real other tough work, we're not quite ready to do that with him yet.

"But he can start getting involved with the lads in the group in little boxes and possession play and things like that."

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