McLean misses another Scotland game through injury but Idah on target for Ireland U21s

Kenny McLean was left out of both of Scotland's matches during the international break Picture: Pau

Kenny McLean was left out of both of Scotland's matches during the international break Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Kenny McLean could be a doubt for Norwich City’s trip to Everton when Premier League action resumes on Saturday, after missing both of Scotland’s games during the international break.

The midfielder has started nine of City's 12 league games so far this season and was called up for national duty but wasn't involved in a 2-1 win in Cyprus on Saturday.

Ahead of tonight's final Euro 2020 qualifier, a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan in Glasgow, Scotland boss Steve Clarke explained: "Kenny picked up a knock with his club but we didn't pull him out of the squad because we had enough withdrawals.

"Kenny now has an outside chance of being available for the game on Tuesday. We'll assess what we have injury-wise and if we feel we need to pull Kenny back into the squad I think we can do that."

McLean was again not in the squad though, with his apparent issue adding to a worry over left-back Jamal Lewis, who had to drop out of Northern Ireland's squad after playing 82 minutes of a 0-0 home draw with Holland on Saturday. That meant Lewis missed a 6-1 defeat in Germany tonight, with City goalkeeper Michael McGovern again an unused substitute.

Both Scotland and Northern Ireland still have a chance of Euro 2020 qualification and will go into the play-offs in March, thanks to their performances in the Nations League.

Elsewhere, Canaries right-back Max Aarons won his fifth cap for the England Under-21s, playing the opening 62 minutes of a 2-1 friendly defeat in Holland.

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Aarons had been left on the bench during a 3-0 qualifying win in Albania on Friday, when City colleague Ben Godfrey had played the full match, but it was the centre-back's turn to be an unused substitute.

While in Dublin, Canaries striker Adam Idah retained his starting place and played a pivotal role as the Republic of Ireland U21s beat Sweden 4-1 in Euro 2021 qualification, having set up the winner in a 1-0 qualifying win in Armenia last Thursday.

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The 18-year-old used his pace to power clear on the right and crossed to allow Lee O'Connor to equalise in the 50th minute and then coolly fired his team in front 14 minutes later, keeping the Irish top of Group One.

It was a fifth goal at U21 level for Idah, as he won an 11th cap during the victory, playing all but the last two minutes of injury-time. City winger Simon Power, currently on loan at Ross County, was not involved.

- You can watch Idah's goal and assist in the videos above

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