BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Alan Hutton of Aston Villa in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton at Villa Park on January 14, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Another day, another rash of withdrawls from international friendlies. Of course, you need to take these reports with large grains of salt, but again many of these injuries do seem to be serioius. Or at least serious enough to consider that the player may miss the weekend's league matches, and not just the "meaningless" international.
Alan Hutton has left Scotland HQ and returned to Villa, also due to a hamstring problem.
Right-back Hutton will be assessed by the claret and blue medical team in the morning.
More injury woe for Aston Villa, who may now be missing Hutton, Bent, Keane, Dunne, and Clark from an ideal starting line-up.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has withdrawn from Denmark's squad to face Russia in a friendly on Wednesday.
The centre-back was forced off four minutes from the end of normal time with an injury in the Reds' Carling Cup final victory over Cardiff at Wembley on Sunday. Afterwards manager Kenny Dalglish said he thought the player had broken a rib.
Although Johnson trained on Tuesday morning, he then reported a minor problem.
The Football Association have not specified precisely what the injury is, although it is only believed Johnson has returned to Liverpool as a precaution.
That's half of Liverpool's starting backline. Though surely Johnson will be available.
Phil Bardsley is set for a scan which could rule him out of Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby.
The full-back has pulled out of Scotland’s friendly in Slovenia tomorrow with a calf injury.
Taiwo is with Nigeria for their qualifier against Rwanda in Kigali.
A good sign for Taiwo owners (like me) is the reported to Nigeria. The bad news is that the match is in far-flung Rwanda. But on the whole, a positive development.