I don’t often find myself happy about dental surgery, but when it means that one of Liverpool’s most influential players gets a few days off of international duty, I’m all for it. Yesterday Sky Sports Scotland tweeted that Scotland captain Andy Robertson would miss his country’s first Euro 2020 qualifier due to a dental issue that requires surgery. The surgery, which has already successfully taken place, was to deal with an abscess in his mouth. Because of this, Robertson has not traveled to Kazakhstan with the team, and the Socttish FA released a statement saying they’re unsure if he’ll be available for Thursday’s match.
The team plays Kazakhstan on Thursday to open qualifying for the 2020 European Championship. The next one is against San Marino, and so far it’s unclear whether Robertson will take part, but it’s much more likely that he’ll have some involvement in that match.
While Kazakhstan and San Marino aren’t exactly Germany and France, Scotland boss Alex McLeish is likely unhappy with his captain missing the first qualifier on the road to the Euros.
As for Liverpool, this is obviously the perfect solution to an annoying problem. Robertson uses the international break to take care of a pressing health issue without it interrupting the final handful of games.
If September’s international break always feels superfluous, then the March break is the most frustrating, but at least some good is coming out of it from a Liverpool perspective.