Scott McTominay ruled out of Moldova World Cup qualifier

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has been ruled out of Scotland's crucial World Cup qualifier with Moldova on Friday through illness.

Steve Clarke's men can clinch a play-off spot in Chisinau, with a victory securing second place in Group F.

However, they will have to do it without McTominay, who is suffering from a throat virus and has been sent home from Scotland's training camp in Spain.

While he will miss the Moldova clash, Clarke hopes the Man Utd man will be able to rejoin the squad over the weekend before their final World Cup qualifier against Denmark at Hampden Park on Monday night.

Speaking to the media ahead of the match, Clarke said: "Almost everyone is good.

"Unfortunately, Scott McTominay has picked up a bit of a throat virus so we have sent Scott home to rest and recuperate and hopefully join us again at the weekend."

Denmark - who have already won the group and qualified for next year's showcase in Qatar with a 100% record so far - visit Hampden on Monday, so Scotland will be desperate to pick up the three points they require at the earliest possible opportunity.

That's not to say they'll be expecting an easy ride, however. Scotland only managed a narrow 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture in September courtesy of a Lyndon Dykes tap-in, with their hosts likely to be even more stubborn on home turf.

Clarke's men currently sit four points ahead of third-placed Israel with two games to play, although the Israeli's face a tough-looking trip to Austria on Friday night where a defeat would rule them out of contention.

Things are currently in the Scots' hands, and should they seal their place in the play-offs, their name will be in the hat for the draw in Zurich on 26 November.

Source : 90min