McNamara to miss Belarus tie
By Peter ORourke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Jackie McNamara seems set to miss Scotland's World Cup qualifier with Belarus next week.
The Celtic defender picked up a groin injury in Saturday's win over Moldova.
McNamara was forced off with the problem and was replaced by Christian Dailly.
It seems likely that McNamara will not travel with the rest of the squad to Minsk on Monday.
With Paul Hartley suspended it leaves Scotland boss Walter Smith short of options and he has admitted he may have to look to the Under-21 squad to bolster his squad.
It is an awkward time to bring players in and I might have to look at the Under-21 lads," said Smith.
Meanwhile, Darren Fletcher has revealed he played through the pain barrier against Moldova.
The Manchester United ace passed a fitness test to face Moldova and he was able to play the full 90 minutes despite aggravating his hamstring problem during the game.
Fletcher is ready to defy the pain again to play against Belarus on Wednesday.
"I aggravated it a little bit when I stretched for the ball at the start of the second half and it got worse and worse as the game went on but luckily it wasn't too bad and I was able to play until the end," said Fletcher.
"All I was worried about was getting the three points and lasting the 90 minutes. I didn't think I would have managed the whole game but I did.
"It depends how stiff it is on Sunday but the way it feels, I don't think it will be too bad and I'll be able to battle through Wednesday. Then I can have a few weeks off in the summer.
"I didn't think I would be able to take any part to be honest but the rest did it the world of good."