Scots confident over Bardsley

Sunderland defender to be assessed after hip knock

Bardsley: His fitness will be assessed by Scotland's medical team on Monday afternoon

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Scotland will assess the fitness of Phil Bardsley on Monday afternoon ahead of their Carling Nations Cup clashes with Wales and Republic of Ireland.

The Sunderland defender is on the way to the Scots' camp with a hip knock and will be assessed by their medical team.

Scotland assistant Peter Houston is confident Bardsley will be passed fit as Craig Levein's side prepare to take on Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Wednesday before meeting the Republic four days later.

But, on a less positive note, Scotland will be without Celtic winger Kris Commons, who pulled out on Sunday night with a hamstring injury, while Peterborough's Craig Mackail-Smith has had to withdraw after his club reached the League One play-off final against Huddersfield.

Houston said: "Kris came down to the hotel and our medical people had a look at him. His hamstrings are really tight and they can go at any time.

"We have had it before with other players so unfortunately Kris has had to withdraw on the advice of the medical team.

"Most of the guys appear to have come through unscathed. Phil has a knock on the hip but he says he will be okay.

"But we will look at the bigger picture when we have the medical people have a look at him.

"Mackail-Smith has the play-off final so he isn't in the squad."