An injury setback for Nottingham Forest has given Leicester City potential momentum heading into their crucial Premier League matchup.
According to reports, Scott McKenna of Forest withdrew from international duty because of a knee problem.
The 25-year-old has played every minute of Forest’s Premier League season and has been a crucial player under Steve Cooper.
In Scotland’s triumphs over Ukraine and the Republic of Ireland last week, the center-back played the entire 90 minutes and had no evident signs of injury.
However, he withdrew from the national team on Sunday, just days before Poland’s vital Nations League encounter against Ukraine.
The Herald reported that McKenna has a pain in her knee. At the same time, Hearts’ Barrie McKay and Stephen Kingsley were called up by manager Steve Clarke to fill in for Kieran Tierney and the team.
McKenna would probably have returned to the starting lineup for Scotland’s last Group B1 match in neutral Krakow, where a draw will advance them to League A, had he not been ruled out.
The Reds are now concerned about his readiness for the match at the King Power Stadium on Monday.
The withdrawal of Nigerian attacker Emmanuel Dennis and attacking midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White from international action last week has caused additional anxiety for the Reds.
Senegal’s defender Moussa Niakhate was listed on the substitutes’ bench for the team’s match against Bolivia on Saturday, but he won’t play against Iran on Tuesday because he has to get back to the City Ground quickly.
Following four straight losses, the Reds go to Leicester. The Foxes would escape the bottom of the standings with a victory, relieving pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.