Scotland winger Matt Phillips a doubt for Canada and Slovenia double header after picking up hamstring strain at West Brom



Scotland internationalist Matt Phillips has emerged as a major doubt for March’s double header against Canada and Slovenia after picking up a hamstring injury.

The West Brom winger missed the weekend’s win over Bournemouth and is set to undergo a scan on Wednesday to discover the severity of the problem.

With five goals and eight assists for the Baggies this season, the 25-year-old has been tipped to earn a recall for the March 22 friendly clash with Canada at Easter Road and crucial World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Hampden four days later.

But West Brom manager Tony Pulis keeping his fingers crossed that the strain is not serious.

Pulls said: “He’ll have another scan on Wednesday to see how it is. It was too much of a risk on Saturday and we didn’t want to lose him further down the line.

“It was a big disappointment because the way Bournemouth play, they’re a very open and expansive team and that grass they leave behind them, it would have been perfect for him. I was really disappointed he was injured.”

Scotland and West Brom captain Darren Fletcher is expecting the four-times capped forward to be included in the squad, saying: “I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t.”