Injury boost delights Caldwell

Defender delighted that Fletcher and Miller could play

Gary Caldwell: Insists Scotland have been boosted by Darren Fletcher and Kenny Miller's progress

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Scotland defender Gary Caldwell insists the squad have been given a massive boost by captain Darren Fletcher's availability.

The Manchester United midfielder was not expected to feature in Saturday's massive Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein.

However, Fletcher is jetting out to Vaduz after recovering from tonsillitis and is now expected to take part for manager Craig Levein.

Caldwell is delighted Scotland will have Fletcher on board, while he is also excited about the possible availability of striker Kenny Miller.


"It is a massive boost," Caldwell said of Fletcher. "Darren is our captain, our leader and obviously a massive player for Manchester United and us.

"For the whole week we counted him out and didn't think he was going to be available so to have him is going to be a big boost.

"Also, Kenny is training this morning and having him would be massive as well.

"They both have over 50 caps and they will bring an experience to the team with regards what you have to do to win in these games, so it is important to have these guys available."


Scotland made hard work of Liechtenstein on home soil and Caldwell believes patience will be the key on Saturday as they seek another three-point haul.

"We have had a good week," he continued. "We have done a lot of training and the boys look ready.

"It is a big challenge, the game against Liechtenstein can be difficult.

"They showed in the game at Hampden that they are not a bad side and we are going to have to be ready for them.

"You have to start with a real tempo, a real desire to go and win the game and put them under pressure as much as you can.

"It is going to be a night when we are going to have to pass the ball very quickly. We will also have to be patient.

"Whether it is the first minute or the last minute, we are going to have to keep doing the right things to try to get that goal and win the match."