Have enough TLO writers complained about international football yet? Yes. Does it matter? No. Am I going to complain regardless? Yes.
Yesterday there were rumours that Liverpool left-back and captain of the Scottish national team, Andy Robertson had picked up a hamstring injury while on international duty. His team made history by defeating Serbia and qualifying for Euro 2020 this past week, ending a 23-year old drought for Scotland in major tournaments.
On Friday, he mentioned after the game that his hamstring had seized up which is why he couldn’t take a penalty.
It was confirmed that Robertson has been left out of Scotland’s lineup for their Nations League game against Slovakia today due to the aforementioned hamstring concern. Scotland coach Steve Clarke said ahead of the game, “Andy Robertson is the most doubtful out of the ones who have a wee question mark over them.”
While the extent of his injury is not known, it does mean that Liverpool’s entire first-choice backline is injured, including the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander Arnold and now possibly, Andy Robertson.
Up next for Liverpool is a tough Premier League fixture eight days from now, against Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City. Robertson may have been excluded from the Scotland squad as a precaution, and we hope that he will be available by then. Or we join hands and pray that a Neco Williams-Billy Koumetio-Joel Matip-Kostas Tsimikas back four guides us to the glory we seek.