Andy Robertson has admitted that he hasn’t trained properly for two-and-a-half weeks due to the ankle injury that has seen him withdraw from the Scotland squad for the forthcoming internationals with Cyprus and Kazakhstan.
The Scotland captain will miss the Euro 2020 qualifiers as he bids to recover from an ankle problem that has hampered the left-back in recent weeks, and the 26-year-old admits it is a ‘big disappointment’ to have to withdraw from international duty.
“It’s a big disappointment for me,” Robertson said, as per the Daily Record.
“I don’t care what game it is, I want to play it and my track record in the last five years has shown that. But I don’t want to pick up more injuries and ruin my season because of it.
“The [play-off] games in March are so big for us and will decide whether we go to a major tournament or not so we all have to be fully fit and fully firing and hopefully confident after these two results.”
League assists since the start of 2018/19:
Trent Alexander-Arnold & Andy Robertson: 30
Messi, Suarez & Dembele: 30
Mbappe, Neymar & Cavani: 26
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Robertson has revealed that he has been carefully managed by club side Liverpool in recent weeks as he continues to struggle with the complaint, admitting the decision for him to withdraw from the national side during the international break certainly wasn’t made by him.
“The call has been made and it has been taken out of my hands,” he added. “It hurts as captain to miss out but I’ve had to be selfish for the first time in my career and let my body rest.
“I’ve had to listen to the people around me when previously I would have told them to beat it. The fact my ankle has swollen up again has made it easier to miss these games.
“For the last two-and-a-half weeks I’ve not trained at all for Liverpool. I’ve trained the day before a game, missed a Champions League game other than the last 15 minutes against Genk and missed Arsenal in the League Cup.”
Robertson played an integral role in the European champions impressive 3-1 against Man City at the weekend, putting in a delicious, pin-point cross for Mohamed Salah’s header early in the first half.