Lee McCulloch's international return is set to go on hold with Scotland's new manager Craig Levein all but confirming he will miss out.
The Rangers ace is a major doubt to play against Czech Republic on Wednesday after limping out of Sunday's last-gasp win over Celtic.
McCulloch had hoped to be fit to win his first Scotland cap for almost two-and-a-half years, but those hopes have virtually been dashed.
Levein has confirmed that McCulloch is almost certain to miss his first match in charge of Scotland due to an ankle injury.
"There is a 99.9% chance that he is out," confirmed Levein.
"He has shown a significant improvement, but is looking very unlikely."
Levein confirmed James McFadden and Lee Wallace are both touch and go for the match, although Andy Webster is fit.
"You know about Steven Fletcher. I feel for the boy, it was innocuous," he continued.
"We still have a doubt as to James McFadden and Lee Wallace took a bang to the head on Saturday.
"Andy Webster, who missed out with Dundee United at the weekend, he trained and he's okay."